LAFAYETTE – The city council signing off today on a nearly $20,000 cut to the operating subsidy for the 2019 fiscal year, giving Cajundome director Greg Davis plenty of work to do before his October 31st retirement.
“What we’ll do is go back and adjust our budget and make that number work,” says Davis.
$376,382 is all the help the Cajundome will be receiving from the city of Lafayette for the upcoming fiscal year; a far cry from the half a million it received from 2013 to 2016.
For Greg Davis, it’s a matter of dealing with the cards that are dealt.
“We already have done substantial downsizing of the operation to overcome the financial problem that we had this fiscal year,” explains the longtime Cajundome Director, “And so it will just be a matter of adjusting some other numbers in that budget. It’s not a big number. So we can do that without having substantial changes to the operating budget”
Davis announced on July 27th that he would be stepping down at the end of the 2018 fiscal year, saving the Cajundome money by combining his job with that of the assistant director, Pam Deville, who was approved by the Cajundome commission to take over as the new director.
“Pam has been the assistant director for twenty plus years now, has a national reputation,” a proud Davis proclaims, “She’s well qualified, well experienced and she’s going to do a fantastic job.”
She’ll now be tasked with bringing premium talent back to the once popular event center.
Adds Davis, “I think the events that will be on the books in the upcoming fiscal year, we’re going to be able to show the promoters around the country that Lafayette is a viable market.”
Davis didn’t go into detail today about job cuts at the dome.
But he revealed to News15 that eight positions have been permanently eliminated: two each in food service, administration and operations.
Along with his own retirement, those cuts are saving the dome $507,000 per year.