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Taking a Stand: Philharmonic Orchestra

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By Vice-President/General Manager Debbie Bush

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra has been playing at the Victory in downtown Evansville for more than 10 years.  And, we're hoping that will continue for at least another decade.

The problem is the Philharmonic is facing a rent increase of about $20,000 a year or 28 percent.

That sounds pretty incredible but the Parks Board, which owns the Victory, hasn't raised the rent in 11 years.  And, the Parks Board is feeling the same budget crunch as everyone else.

On the other hand, it's not a great time for non-profits either.  And the Orchestra has asked the Parks Board to consider a counter-proposal of a 3 percent increase per year for three years or 9 percent.

It is our stand that there should be an increase, but we urge the Parks Board and the Philharmonic to work together. 

Set up a meeting and find a solution that works for both. Twenty-eight percent sounds too steep. Shouldn't there be a more acceptable middle ground between the two?

Let's not forget, the Philharmonic needs the Victory.  It's a perfect venue and a replacement would be difficult to find.  And the city needs the Philharmonic.   It's another downtown draw.  And I'm pretty sure there isn't another tenant waiting in the wings.   

To respond to this editorial, send an e-mail or call 812-253-0107.  You can send a letter to me at: Debbie Bush, WFIE-TV, and P.O. Box 1414, Evansville, IN 47701.

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