Hattiesburg Arts Council may be forced to cut services

By Jeff Daley jdaley@wdam.com

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - As part of his 2012 budget recommendations, Governor Haley Barbour is proposing a 20 percent cut in the Mississippi Arts Commission budget.

The proposed cuts are one of the largest percentage wise recommended to state agencies.

The Hattiesburg Arts Council will be adversely effected if the cuts are passed by the legislature. They receive $25,000 a year from the commission to help fund their many programs.

Arts Council Director Patty Hall says some programs for seniors and after school programs may have to be discontinued if the budget cuts go through.

"We will take them in stride. I don't think they will be 20 percent as the Governor proposed," said Hall. "In order to stay with-in pour budget we will have to monitor closely the activities of the legislature who draft the final plan."

The board of the directors for the Arts Council will decide what services will be cut once they find out what the final budget is.

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