I take issue with the two points the "Bowling Bloc" made in cutting the Heart of Danville's budget 89 percent. 1) Money elsewhere could have a greater impact. 2) City employees oversee grants and redevelopment.
I interned for the Heart two summers ago. I know that though their mission is limited to downtown they touch thousands more: prospective Centre students, professionals, and businesses along with Brass Band Festival attendees and anyone living in Boyle and surrounding counties.
Secondly, the Heart's economic impact is tremendous. On East Main Street, for example, the Post Office, not on the bypass as intended, acts as an anchor that brings restaurants and professionals. Property values are rising in an area ripe for economic growth. Would city employees been able to dedicate time to fight this good fight? Moreover, hasn't the Heart earned more than a $5,000 return on these community investments by increasing the local tax base?