After having to cancel the Tour de Terrace fireworks show last year, many residents were disappointed that the annual festival wasn’t able to go out with a bang. If that was you, you’ll be happy to hear that the city has agreed to fund the fireworks show for 2010, which will cost around $5,000.
In addition to the $5,000, the City will provide Tour de Terrace with around $25,000 for advertising costs including newspaper ads, banners and radio advertising. The city will also provide services such as police, public works and recreation department time, which is not to exceed $6,700.
Funding for Tour de Terrace comes from the lodging tax fund. Most of these monies are paid by patrons of the Studio 6 hotel. These taxes must be used for marketing or operation of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists from 50 miles away or more or to acquire or operate tourism related facilities. Right now, Tour de Terrace and Arts of the Terrace are the only events in the city that would qualify for these funds. So, it’s not as easy as someone saying the city should use the money for other purposes.
The council voted 5-1 to approve the funding for the fireworks show with council member John Zambrano voting no. Zambrano said that he polled people on his email list and the majority voted to not fund the fireworks show with city funds and, therefore, he would vote against the funding request. Mayor Jerry Smith did not vote as he is the President and one of the founders of Tour de Terrace and that would pose a conflict of interest.
The 2010 Tour de Terrace will be the last weekend in July.