The city of Marshall, TX will continue to fund the Boogie Woogie program, with some new strings attached.
The famous "Birthplace of Boogie Woogie" program operates year-round to bring cultural and music events to the area. Marshall is believed by many to be the birthplace of the cultural music style known as "Boogie Woogie."
Marshall city commissioners first voted 4 to 3 Thursday night in favor of cutting funding to the popular ArkLaTex music program, but then followed up with a 5 to 2 vote in favor of extending the contract as long as some specific requirements are met.
The city commission has given the program nearly $30,000 each year since it was established in 2010, but this year the commission had been unable to agree on whether to continue the funding or put it toward the annual Wonderland of Lights Christmas festival instead.
Jack Canson, the co-director of the program, says some on the commission have suggested that Boogie Woogie could be moved out of downtown Marshall or seek private funding. "I don't think there's anyone that's on the commission that really wants it to go away. I think there are some people who would rather it be funded by some private foundation or whatever but we say no, it's a tourism program, it should be funded by tax dollars that tourist pay."
And so it will be, but part of the contract extension approved Thursday night includes new requirements to provide full financial statements and a detailed monthly accounting of how the money is being spent.
The commission is also asking for an independent study of how the Boogie Woogie program impacts there area.
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