City Spends More Than Expected on Roots and Blues Festival

4 years 1 month 6 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2013 Oct 22, 2013 Tuesday, October 22, 2013 10:42:00 AM CDT October 22, 2013 in News
By: Eric Hilt, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - According to data presented to the Columbia City Council, the city spent more than it expected to host the 2013 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. 

The city spent $43,576.76 on the festival. Most of that money was spent by the Columbia Police Department. The department spent $39,546.26 on officers to manage crowd control, traffic and other duties.

The final tally came in about $3,000 more than the department expected to spend. In a report from August, 2013 the department said it expected to spend $36,878.64 on the festival. 

Lt. Krista Shouse-Jones said the overspending is because of a switch in commanders during the planning period. Shouse-Jones took over Roots N Blues N BBQ after a proposal to the city council in August. She said the previous commander didn't take into account several expenses, like lunches for officers and officers at certain locations around the park. 

The Columbia Fire Department came in under budget, spending $4,050.30 on the festival. In August the fire department said it expected to spend $7,4538.45. 

The city was reimbursed for most of its spending during the festival. The agreement with Thumper Entertainment, the group behind the festival, said the company has to pay the city for trash and recycle services, rental fees and $2.00 for every ticket sold. The payments add up to $31,958.52. That's about $11,000 less than what the city spends on the festival.

Shouse-Jones said the move to Stephens Lake Park may have saved the city money. She said having Roots N Blues N BBQ downtown required more officers to deal with traffic and high volumes of people in a confined space. She said since Stephens Lake Park is more open and traffic is more manageable, the police department did not need to pay as many officers. 

Megan McConachie with the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau said a high turnout at the 2013 festival will help make up for what the city spent.

"About 57 percent of visitors were new visitors to Columbia who had never been here before... and when you spend an entire weekend somewhere there's a lot of sales tax generated," McConachie said.

The city has not calculated how much tax revenue it collected from the weekend to help offset it's costs.

For a full breakdown of the city's spending on the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, click here

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A three-car crash temporarily shut down one of the northbound lanes of Range Line St. around 6:00 Tuesday... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7:00:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The American Farm Bureau Federation conducted a survey on 16 food items from 25 states across the country... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 6:19:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County Auditor June Pitchford presented the commission with her proposed 2018 budget Tuesday afternoon. The commissioners... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 6:06:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A one-of-a-kind facility is starting to take shape in Jefferson City. At the junction of US Highway... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5:55:10 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
SEDALIA - Steel giant Nucor announced Tuesday it would build a new facility in Sedalia, bringing 250 new jobs and... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 4:04:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
FULTON - Callaway County Humane Society Investigator Sandy Corbet said she's had an increase in phone calls related to missing... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 3:37:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A man was hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash at MO 179 and Missouri Boulevard. ... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:45:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Josh Hawley announced a settlement fund for ten Missouri fraud victims. The settlement carries... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:29:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball star Michael Porter Jr. will likely miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery in... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 1:28:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested two men in connection with a shots fired incident on Clark Lane Tuesday. Detectives arrested... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:35:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A vote to remove Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven failed Tuesday. The... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:07:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court set an execution date for convicted murderer Russell Bucklew. Bucklew is scheduled... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:19:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Pope Francis named Father Shawn McKnight the new bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City Tuesday. ... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:35:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP)— Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a new member to the Missouri State Board of Education... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:04:36 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
GULFPORT, MS - Police arrested two people wanted in connection with the Missouri murder of 72-year-old William Domann. Nathan... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:48:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A man arrested after an alleged SUV theft on November 17 faces numerous charges, including stealing, tampering with... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:45:06 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police arrested three men Tuesday in connection with the robbery at McDonald's on Smiley Lane. Detectives... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:28:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri wants you to help feed families in need this holiday... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:26:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 26°
2am 27°
3am 26°
4am 26°
5am 26°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:07a
Inside Edition
1:37a
Paid Program
2:07a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
1:00a
Top 30
1:30a
Page Six TV
2:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld