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Yakima City Council Will Consider Sharing Special Event Costs

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Yakima's City Council is considering a new alternative to paying for parades and special events.

Currently, the city pays for security and traffic management for all approved events, but under a new proposal those costs would now be shared.

Events that the City of Yakima fully sponsors would be paid for by the city. While fundraisers and other special functions the city co-sponsors would be a split cost.

Any other private event would be responsible for paying their own security and traffic control costs.

"We'd like to do more events in the downtown, but we also don't want the taxpayer to have to absorb the cost of every event that comes to downtown," said City Manager Tony O'Rourke.

Last year, the city paid around $60,000 to support downtown events.

If the council approves the proposal at their meeting next Tuesday, it would take effect in early June.

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