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Just what role Monroe County would play in terms of a downtown performing arts center is unclear. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says she has spoken to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks about helping fund a downtown arts center, and that Brooks is open to the possibility. But a Brooks spokesperson says that without an actual plan, it's difficult to say what if anything the county would commit to. | A probable annual operating deficit has been the sticking point for a downtown performing arts center; the uncertainty over that funding is why former mayor Tom Richards didn't step in when Arnie Rothschild, board chair for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League, opted to attach the project to Medley Centre in Irondequoit. | But the Medley project has its own challenges, and many doubt that the redevelopment will ever take place. | Warren says the ambiguity with Medley gives the city an opportunity to talk to state government about funding RBTL's arts center in Rochester's downtown instead. Most of that money would probably be for construction, though, Warren says. | In addition to possible county funding, Warren has talked about pairing a downtown arts center with a movie theater, and adding a surcharge to the movie tickets to cover any operating deficit accrued by the performing arts center.

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