In Knoxville we have the Tennessee theater. It is a beautiful property with the usual open ceilings with all kinds of balconies.
About three years ago it was suggested that the citizens of the Knoxville area should care about this project and a sales tax was proposed to fund this. It was never brought to a vote as everyone around Knoxville did not want their taxes increased to fund this project.
Money was raised through the private sector and the job got done. In my opinion, that was the correct move.
Paul E. Smith