City considers charging event planners for road closures

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Suzette Cook, Reporter

The Chiefland City Commission is considering a fee schedule for events held in city limits that require road closures.

Mayor Betty Walker raised the topic as new business during the Jan. 28 meeting, and commissioners and the Police Chief Scott Anderson starting doing the math on what it costs taxpayers every time roads are closed.

“I think when we are doing new events, I think they need to pay a price,” Walker said. “I think some other cities are going to that.”

Commissioner Tim West suggested setting a maximum amount and agreed that tax payers shouldn’t foot the bill for some events that rent out booths or sell tickets.

City Manager Mary Ellzey explained that events such as festivals held at the City park cost taxpayers, but also generate revenue for the event holder.

“Maintenance, police and fire go out and block the roads. There is a cost to the City for closing the roads,” she said.

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