Wednesday’s public hearing during commission meeting on amending the budget to increase the spending for bleachers on the grounds by $70,000, was not totally supported by some in attendance.
DeAnna Hardy of Brigham City said she was opposed to having the government involved in any aspect of entertainment. “We are spending money like crazy. Let people keep their money,” she told commissioners. “We need to stop losing the people’s money.”
Auditor Tom Kotter explained that the bleachers, like other projects at the fairgrounds, were funded through the restaurant and transient room tax generated in the county, to the tune of about $750,000 a year. Any money spent from that tax is, by law, restricted to those projects that will promote recreation and tourism.
“The commissioners has designated that that money go to the fairgrounds and the fair,” Kotter said. That spending is regulated by the commission but, in the past the title of wallet watchdog for large county projects has been designated to the appointed Capital Improvement Projects committee.
Kotter also added that the $70,000 under discussion was an increase from the previous recommendation made to commissioners by the CIP committee last December. That committee was suspended earlier this year and has not yet been reinstated.
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