TROY — A renewal of the .85 operating levy, which supports the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will appear on the ballot Nov. 3.
This represents 82-85 percent of Hayner’s annual budget. The money is used for operations, programing and maintenance of Troy’s hundred-year-old landmark. The remainder of Hayner’s support is derived from fees, grants and donations to the Friends of Hayner membership organization.
The levy, which will not increase taxes, will generate $545,200 annually for the next five years. Executive director Linda Lee Jolly said the levy serves as the primary funding for the center.
“We have one budget line, so our budget — the levy money is 82-85 percent of our total budget every year, and it pays the operational expenses to keep the doors open, the support for programming, and for maintenance of the 100-year-old mansion,” she said.
Jolly said the Troy-Hayner levy shows up on the ballot as a proposed tax levy renewal for the Troy City School District, but it’s actually the support for the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.
“All the money goes specifically to the support of the center,” she said. “The reason that it’s a school levy is that Mary Jane Hayner left her house to the community and care of Troy City Schools in 1942. In 1942, the schools were pretty much the center of community life and so it was indeed a logical choice. She knew the city did not have a library, so in her will she said the center could be used as a library, museum or other cultural center.”
The center served as the library until 1975 before becoming the community cultural center.
Now, the center hosts eight exhibits annually, public concerts, a film series, three of the concerts for the Summer Music Series downtown each year, antique seminars, art classes and classes in other subjects.
“We use a broad definition of the word culture,” she said. “Our exhibits and programming are very broad and reflective of life in our community and history of our community.”
All of the decisions about programming are made with the help of citizens on volunteer committees. Jolly said the monetary support of the public is what keeps the center going.
“That’s what enables us to provide much of the programming free and open to the public,” she said. “There’s something for everyone at the Hayner.”
Election Day is Nov. 3.
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