Cinnabar Theater Needs TOT Funds to Survive sign now

The Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) sub-committee of the Petaluma City Council has indicated that it plans to reduce funding to Cinnabar Theater from its original $70,000 level to $25,000 after already reducing last year's funding to $60,000. Their reason? Cinnabar's traditional fund-raising event, the Chili Cook-off, raised an extra $10,000 this year.

This is looking-glass logic because:

The cook-off has been an annual event for 8 years, and was never a factor in TOT funding before.

The cook-off raises funds specifically for children's scholarships and cannot be used for publicity (to which TOT funding is specifically directed).

It is the purpose of TOT funds to support non-profit community organizations in Petaluma.

Many of us were at the meeting last year, when hundreds of citizens showed up to express concerns at TOT funding cuts. We are here again to remind our representatives of what we expect from our government. One thing we would like is more information on the money collected in TOT funds this year. In previous years, this was made available to all recipients, but this year it was not. Lets have an informed discussion of what funds are available and how they should be allocated.

Cinnabar is a world-class theater that contributes in every way to the well-being of the town. It attracts visitors, enhances the reputation of the city, provides a safe, constructive, educational environment for children and youth, trains the performers and audiences of tomorrow, and serves the audiences of today. Works commissioned by Cinnabar have won awards in New York and Los Angeles. Cinnabar received multiple awards for best musical performance from the Bay Area Critics Association last year that alone means that influential people visited Petaluma last year specifically because of Cinnabar!

While Cinnabar has done strenuous work to ensure diversified funding (last year winning a first-time grant from the Hewlett Foundation for theater in the North Bay, and this year attracting funds from an East Coast foundation), some of these outside grantors will not support an organization that does not have significant local support. It takes decades to build a program like Cinnabar, and a simple slash of the pen to destroy it.

We, the undersigned, believe strongly that Cinnabar and the other recipients of TOT funds receive their full fair share of the funds, equal at least to last years reduced allotments.

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Latest Signatures

  • 29 December 2015200. Bettina S
    I support this petition
  • 27 December 2015199. Emily Walterr
    We need our culture in Petaluma. Please keep Cinnabar viable. We make personal contributions.
  • 13 December 2015198. Maureen M
  • 15 October 2015197. Kathleen S
    I support this petition
  • 15 September 2015196. Mary R
    As an active voter, I urge you to not cut Cinnabar's TOT funds.
  • 09 September 2015195. Rotona L
    I support this petition
  • 06 August 2015194. Kathy A
    I support this petition
  • 04 August 2015193. Will M
    Don't let the makers of art disappear, for society will die without them.
  • 01 August 2015192. Elly L
    I support this petition
  • 29 July 2015191. Barbara C
    TOT funds should be used for the purpose they were intended. Continue to support Cinnabar Theater at the current or higher level. Do not continue to cut back funding further each year with demands that the organization improve their fund raising efforts.
  • 23 July 2015190. Lisa E
    I support this petition
  • 22 July 2015189. John Augustinem
    Please maintain your leadership in local government by your allocation of TOT funds to Cinnabar's brilliant organisation.
  • 03 July 2015188. Kirsten C
    Cinnabar has done everything for me. They deserve this money more than anyone else.
  • 09 May 2015187. Ann F
    I support this petition
  • 06 May 2015186. Jennifer G
    I support this petition
  • 10 April 2015185. Virginia Stevensj
  • 05 April 2015184. Christine O
    The Cinnabar is one of Petaluma's greatest treasures; please continue your same level of support for this wonderful institution!
  • 04 April 2015183. Tracie J
    My daughters self-estem has growen so much in taking just one class. She is asking to do it again because she loves to act!!!
  • 23 March 2015182. Jamie Lynnp
    I believe that the theater is an essential part of the community which should be valued to it's fullest.
  • 23 February 2015181. Suzanne T
    an essential community institution!!
  • 07 February 2015180. Virginia R
    I support this petition
  • 26 January 2015179. Pamela Z
  • 15 January 2015178. Ruthann Eb
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2014177. Robert Sb
    Adequate support for the arts should be a vital budget item.
  • 04 December 2014176. Katherine Mb
    I support this petition
  • 03 December 2014175. Cynthia E
    I support this petition
  • 12 October 2014174. Charles Sp
    I support this petition

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