The balance goes back to concerts in 2012 and 2013, before the orchestra decided to leave the civic center and perform at different area venues. When making the change, the orchestra cited cost-effectiveness and dissatisfaction with the building.
The orchestra did have a concert at the civic center in March with the
Among the charges is nearly
"We recognize the history and the contributions to the community and the value the symphony brings, we don't want to discount that," said
The civic center has already paid for the cost of the concerts -- the utilities, the staffing, the wine.
"My concern is these are not costs that we can eat," commissioner
Orchestra officials did not return phone calls seeking comment.
The orchestra currently has a date held at the civic center for the annual Honk, Squeak, Scratch, Boom educational event for
But before the civic center will consider adding future dates, the
There have been other outstanding balances from other customers in the past, but those groups usually don't try to book the space again, Krogstad said.
"It's certainly a little more delicate," he said. "We have a good working relationship with the orchestra. It's really not any ill will there, but we can't continue to carry the debt."
Typically, if a group hasn't paid, the civic center will consult with the city attorney on how to proceed, Krogstad said. They don't usually send bills to collection, as they've always been able to work out payment plans.
This marks the first time that
"This would be, quite frankly, something we would address with any entity that's this far in arrears," Beltz said. "We look forward to a long relationship. We just need to reset the financial relationship."
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