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Friday, July 16, 2004


Hailey park fee too high?

Special event organizers to address council Monday

Express Staff Writer

A recent hike approved for city park user fees by the Hailey City Council has raised concerns that the increase will scare off some traditional city events.

A $500 per day rental fee for major organized events or special events in Hailey city parks was made effective on June 23. The new fee schedule includes a $125 application fee and a $500 security deposit.

At a special Hailey City Council meeting, 5 p.m. Monday, June 19, at the Blaine County Courthouse time has been reserved on the agenda for event organizers to address the city council about the fees, which some event organizers believe could drive away park users away.

One casualty of the fee increase could be the Rod, Run and Car Show scheduled to be held in August, said event organizer Elbie Bellon.

"It would be terrible for us to lose that event," Bellon said, who is also concerned about the impact of the fee increase on the annual Trailing of the Sheep event scheduled for Oct. 8 to the 10 this year. "I want to let the community know they will be chasing things like this away with the fees."

The city council approved the fees this year because previous fees were deemed insufficient to cover the cost of impacts related to special event use on city property.

At present the council has decided that the per diem fee will not be applied to not-for-profit events occurring before Oct. 1 2004. Any event, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, will be subject to the rental fee on or after Oct. 1, 2004.

Although the fees have been adopted the city council is open to discussing the issue with event organizers Monday, said Hailey City Clerk Heather Dawson.


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