Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ketchum policies are contradictory

Does anyone else find it odd that the Ketchum City Council is applauding itself for fiscal budget restraint through cuts to staffing, benefits, salaries and contracting out positions formerly held by local residents while at the same time giving away $10,000 to private event promoters?

The council waives the fees for the events while at the same time mentioning that building and construction fee revenues are down. The extension of the town's liability insurance also costs money.

Is every event in town getting these same benefits? These events will have to bring in at least $500,000 each in local-option tax in order to cover the taxpayer giveaway that just occurred. That would be 2,000 people coming in from out of town and spending $500 each on food and lodging. I highly doubt it, especially since most lodging is already booked that week because of Allen & Co. and our usual summer visitors. I suppose we can call this a "stimulus" for local business, making the city of Ketchum the new chamber of commerce.

The concert and the mini-Burning Man/rave sound exciting but the rest seems like business as usual to me.



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