To the Editor:
There was nothing illegal about the SnowBall festival in itself, and legitimate business is good business.
We have law enforcement if someone chooses to break the law. Whether this is the kind of entertainment the community wants because of the behavior of the attendees is certainly up for discussion.
But, did the promoters pay for any of the extra police officers, medical staffing, transportation, or even trash removal? Grand County gave $20,000 of our tax money and provided extra deputies and emergency services. Granby contributed $1,400 for transportation. The Granby Chamber contributed $1,000. How many employees were sent or overtime paid for by taxpayers in other towns or agencies? How much will Middle Park Medical Center lose that will eventually be passed on to local residents? A few participants may return to provide some residual benefit but how much, if any, we'll never really know.
What will the final tally be that was paid for by local taxpayers? Does a hundred thousand dollars seem reasonable? Why should taxpayers throughout the county pay for this? Taking the monetary risk is part of the promoters' business and not the taxpayers'. Let's not be taken advantage of if SnowBall comes back or for any festival. Have the promoters pay for at least a good portion of the expenses.
Hot Sulphur Springs