The Newport City Council has decided to leave the Visual Arts Center right where it is while the city and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts defines how the city will continue to fund the facility in the future and how revenues derived from the center are allotted. All this is expected to be negotiated between now and the end of the year.
City Manager Spencer Nebel said the city will fund the VAC as it has in the past but for accounting purposes he will single out maintenance and operational costs that the VAC runs into over the next fiscal year, June 30th through July 1, 2015. He said the city and the OCCA will then come up with an approach to determine what role the city might take, and a role the OCCA might take in meeting those expenses in the future.
A packed city council chamber filled with VAC supporters were jubilant as they filed out the door, happy that for the foreseeable future, the VAC will stay right where it is and that the city will remain a substantial financial supporter for the facility. But the specifics of that role are somewhat up in the air and needs refining as negotiations between the city and the OCCA move forward toward a December report to the city council.