Opera company an asset to the Valley

If the Cache County Council goes along with a special committee’s recommendation, the Utah Festival Opera Company will receive $150,000 in RAPZ/Restaurant tax money. The UFOC requested $400,000, an amount General Director Michael Ballam said was needed to keep the company alive after this season.Cache County Council Chairman Craig Peterson headed the committee and he says this is a one-time fix. The money will come only if a series of stipulations are met, which includes cutting expenses and finding ways to raise more money.Despite not recommending UFOC’s preferred donation, Peterson does acknowledge the opera company is an asset to the Valley. “I think the UFOC is very important to the Valley,” Peterson says. “I think it brings in a large number of tourists. But more importantly, I think it has a positive impact on the image of the valley and also on providing cultural opportunities to the people in the valley. Plus their educational programs, I think, are important.”UFOC Managing Director Gary Griffin says UFOC officials plan to start a major fundraising campaign this summer.

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