Funding of events dominates council meeting
by Terra Temple
Jul 25, 2012 | 935 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Attendees of the 2011 Labor Day Celebration enjoy the sounds of Bawn in the Mash. Following a 7-1 decision by the Metropolis City Council, funding for the 2012 Labor Day Celebration at Fort Massac State Park has been cancelled due to decreasing event attendance. The annual Labor Day Parade is still scheduled for Sept. 3.                         — Planet photo by Michele Longworth
Attendees of the 2011 Labor Day Celebration enjoy the sounds of Bawn in the Mash. Following a 7-1 decision by the Metropolis City Council, funding for the 2012 Labor Day Celebration at Fort Massac State Park has been cancelled due to decreasing event attendance. The annual Labor Day Parade is still scheduled for Sept. 3. — Planet photo by Michele Longworth
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The annual Labor Day Celebration in September; the Super Bike Trek, the Rotary Car Show and the Superman Road Race all in June; Blues & Ques; and the American Legion Baseball Tournament — they are all events that have become part of Metropolis.

During Monday's Metropolis City Council meeting, four of those six events underwent some drastic changes.

The most immediate is to the city's Labor Day Celebration. While the annual parade down Fifth Street will still be held, the celebration following it at Fort Massac Start Park will not.

That decision was made in a 7-1 vote to deny funding the 2012 celebration due to decreased attendance in previous years. The vote was based on the recommendation of the Metropolis Area Tourism Commission (MATC). Alderman David Daugherty was the lone vote.

MATC consists of 10 voting members who are chosen to reprpesent the city's business sectors — four from the hotel/motel community, three from the restaurant community and three from area attractions or other tourism driven facilities. There are also two ex-officio members — a member of the city council and the director of the tourism bureau or agency serving Metropolis.

Since 1999, groups have applied to MATC for tourism funds — money generated through the city's hotel/motel tax revenue — to assist with events funding. MATC reviews the applicaitons and send it recommendations to the Metropolis City Council for final approval.

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