Art Museum Complaint
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:22 PM EDT
A former Asheville mayor is speaking out about the millions in tax dollars going to the Asheville Art Museum. In a meeting before council Tuesday night, Ken Michalove accused council members and city leaders of having "cozy relationships" with the museum's director. Council Members dispute the allegations and say there was no conflict of interest when they voted to approve two million dollars in future allocations to go towards the museum's expansion project. Michalove who also served as city manager, feels with the city raises taxes and other services in such dire need of city money, that the museum's expansion should be paid for with private money. Michalove obtained a letter that appears to show the museum did default on grants in both 2007 and 2009. The director of the Museum Pam Myers told News 13 the Museum has never defaulted on any grant money related to the tourism grant. The letter Michalove obtained indicated that because expansion and renovation plans have yet to be completed at the Museum the grants were in default and not in keeping with the original parameters under which the grant monies were given. WLOS saw paperwork that also showed the grant was extended again in 2012.