Scaled back Soiree

Coun­cil caps 2018 pre­lim­i­nary event bud­get at $340,000

The Pilot - - News - BY KAREN WELLS kwells@pi­

The Lewis­porte Town Coun­cil said they would take a close look at the Mus­sel Bed Soiree bud­get for 2018, and they’ve done just that.

Fi­nance com­mit­tee chair­per­son Councillor Brian Hooper in­formed coun­cil at the Oct. 24 coun­cil meet­ing that the pre­lim­i­nary bud­get would be set with a ceil­ing of $340,000.

A review of the bud­get that had reached up­wards of $650,000 was nec­es­sary due to event losses over the past two years to­talling a com­bined deficit of at least $130,000.

Hooper noted that the Soiree bud­get could end up be­ing less than $340,000 af­ter the over­all Town bud­get­ing pro­cesses for all de­part­ments is com­pleted later this year.

With the Soiree bud­get es­sen­tially cut in half, Hooper said the goal is still to work with the direc­tor of Tourism and Recre­ation, the spe­cial events co­or­di­na­tor and the Soiree com­mit­tee to pro­vide an en­joy­able fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence in 2018.

Fi­nance com­mit­tee mem­ber Coun. Perry Pond said, “We ra­tio­nal­ized it, based on the facts. . . we put to­gether a (pre­lim­i­nary) bud­get that will still al­low the Soiree to be suc­cess­ful in 2018.”

Deputy Mayor Krista Freake has also been ap­pointed as a lia­sion with the com­mit­tee to keep coun­cil in the loop on Soiree plans.

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