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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Local Playhouse Group In Rent Arrears

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Kincardine's Bluewater Summer Playhouse is on the hook for its back rent owed to the municipality.

Kincardine's Bluewater Summer Playhouse is on the hook for its back rent owed to the municipality.
 
The iconic summer concert has been in business for 24-years but owes almost $15,500 in back rent for the Kincardine Arts Centre.
 
Council wants all of that money paid and is giving the group a 5-year plan to pay it back, amounting to about $550 a month.
 
Current rent is just over $3,000 per year.
 
Playhouse board member Jennifer Webb hoped the town would help out even further.
 
Webb says they "Did ask for sustainable funding like the other festivals."
 
As well, she says the town won't even let them apply for a community grant.
 
Webb says "I think that's just mean.....but not surprising."
 
Mayor Anne Eadie although sympathetic to the problem offers no apology for the decision made by council, saying they have to look at the financial side on behalf of taxpayers.
 
Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Faubert argued for a less aggressive repayment plan spread over 10-years that would reduce rent to $200 or $300 a month.
 
Webb says they'll have to cutback on their promotional costs and will likely raise ticket prices by a couple of dollars next year.
 
In the meantime, it's business as usual at the Playhouse this summer.
 
Mayor Anne Eadie hopes the town will rally around the Playhouse and support it by buying tickets to the summer presentations.

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