Date of release: January 22, 2020
The City of Paducah has decided to delay the implementation of the Special Event Cost Recovery Program. This initiative will be considered for implementation in 2021.
The ordinance that was introduced at the January 14 meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners outlining the Special Event Cost Recovery Program will be discussed at the Board’s January 28 meeting. At that meeting, City Manager Jim Arndt plans to publicly remove the ordinance from the agenda and provide an explanation.
City Manager Arndt says the delay to implement the Special Event Cost Recovery Program until the next calendar year is to allow more time for the City to work with the organizers of the various special events to determine their setup, operation, and breakdown costs and how those costs are related to services provided by the City.
The goals of the Special Event Cost Recovery Program are to encourage event organizers to get supplies, services, and equipment from local businesses and for the City to recoup some of the costs in providing materials and services as it assists non city-sponsored or co-sponsored special events. Once again, the Special Event Cost Recovery Program will not be implemented this calendar year to allow more time for collaboration and information gathering between the City and special event organizers.