Scaled back Soiree
Council caps 2018 preliminary event budget at $340,000
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.