Wednesday’s MDJ carried an interesting article about the funds that Marietta is putting into their several museums, titled: “Museums’ relevancy gone with the wind?” wherein “A Marietta councilman thinks the city may not be getting the return on investment it needs from the tourism tax money it pours into the city’s museums and cultural organizations.”
This puts me in mind of Kennesaw’s expenditures of approximately $1.2 million a year for its Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History and additionally the Smith-Gilbert Gardens.
The matter was very briefly raised in the last council election but it was a hot button issue and was not taken up for long.
With the complaints about the relatively minor Marietta expenditures, it may be time for the Kennesaw City Council to take up the matter at one of their work sessions.
There is no “correct” or even “good” outcome for such a discussion as it will annoy just about everyone. The most that can be hoped for is that three or four choices might come out of the Council and whichever one is seen as being the lesser of those evils will probably be one put forward to be implemented.
Probably the only thing that can be agreed on is that taxpayers are paying a lot every year for very little to show for the outgo.
There is really no good solution but most would say that something needs to be done and putting this off for another year isn’t the answer.