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The City of Austin is exploring alternative ways to fund the services provided to special events held across the community.  As of now, the City’s current fee structure does not fully recover the costs of the several City departments who serve events.

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Speak up, Austin?

    Brooke Cox over 1 year ago

    Obviously, fees are essential for all events to contribute to the costs associated in City services required to put on events. I would recommend/request fees be based on the timeline of the event (the time it impacts these departments), as well as the event's status of for-profit or non-profit. If an event impacts departments and streets for less than a day, it should be charged less than an event that lasts several days. Non-profits that use event closures to fundraise or benefit the residents of Austin can see a huge impact on their event and the ability to produce it when crippling costs are enacted.

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    When tickets/wristbands for ALL events including the Erwin Center, UT games, music concerts throughout the city are sold, include a small fee that goes directly to fund city services. People come from all over the world for the huge events and from all over the US for others, collecting a fee from everyone adds up. Fee collected goes directly for event city services.

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    If there are commercial ventures (e.g. promoters, vendors, etc.) generating a profit as a part of the event, they should pay the fees. If it is a not-for-profit event with benefit to the general Austin community, then pay for it from general funds. If it is an even that targets a special demographic, then do not use city funds to pay for the event services. Find a way to extract a tax from the demographic group or do not hold the event. Our tax dollars should only be used to benefit the entire community.

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    The City can collect revenue year-round, control regulations, and can be used for special events as needed.

    The "app" is fairly straight-forward and could be implemented within 2-3 months.

    If the city was a commercial consulting company, provide advice and guidance, and facilitating other businesses to achieve their goals, no one would bat an ey lid at the consultants being appropriately compensated. It's more than likely that most if not all the events the city holds will employ or pay some sort of commercial organization for professional services to make their event a success.

    Why shouldn't the city be treated the same way? The city and it's staff are not a charity or an obstruction, the city are the guardians of the roads, streets and parks on whom the event organizers depend.

    The city has passed the point where it needs more events.Most existing events can afford to pay for the services provided by the city, upfront. Those that can't raise the question why? If they are so poorly managed, or scraping by on such a small budget that they cannot afford to pay for the requisite services. If the event folds due to the cost of city services, it would like fail anyway and will be replaced by another event.

    For first year, and (small) charity events, consideration can be given to allow them to pay in arrears. All events though must pay for their services for year-1 or the prior year, before being able to apply for permits or reserve facilities for a follow-up event.

    A 2nd consideration would be to have tiered charges, but there should be no "free" events. While many events are for noble causes, and many Austin Residents either participate or are recipients from the events, expecting the city to provide services to these events is not sustainable, especially where they are paying for other commercial services, or unprofitable. If they can't be, other events can.

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    The toll would pay for additional wear and tear on city streets and infrastructure caused by the events while discouraging driving and encouraging mass transit, walking, and cycling. The rates would vary based on the size of the event. Tolling would last from two (2) hours before the event to two (2) hours afterward.

    No such dedicated fund currently exists.

    This is done by City Council decision currently.

    Establish criteria for each tier and place events into corresponding tier. Larger event tiers would pay more money. Smaller event tiers would pay less money

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    The waiver fees would vary based on a variety of event criteria.