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Huber Heights Preps Budget For Music Center

The Music Center at the Heights is expected to open in the spring.
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The city of Huber Heights is getting closer to finalizing its spending plan for next year. This will be the first year officials craft an operating budget for the new music center. 


The center opens in the spring and construction is mostly wrapped up. City Manager Rob Schommer says there’s a lot more to managing things like the box office and concession stands than officials originally realized. He’s talking about hiring the company that manages the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Schommer says the contract would be about $65,000, which is a lot less than if the city paid staff directly.

Schommer says he’s been looking for corporate sponsorship to pull in more money, too. But there hasn’t been an obvious match.

“Here recently and locally there’s some more specialized sponsorships, he said. “You see sponsorships in schools from health care facilities because there’s direct links to sports medicine. And they seem to be more purposeful.”

Though, there is a foundation considering donating $2 million over the span of 10 years for lifetime naming rights. Some city council members were hoping for more. Schommer plans to negotiate that offer and bring details back to the council.

The city expects to break even on the music center in 2015 with about $2.5 million in anticipated cash coming in from ticket sales and concessions.