Rising Costs for Community Events in Binghamton?

By Alexis Bullard

Rising Costs for Community Events in Binghamton?

December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Council proposed substantial changes to event permit legislation that may leave event planners paying more.

The intent was to relieve tax payers and shift expenses back onto event holders.

As it stands, the cost to purchase a permit is $10. But with a lack of income, some organizations are concerned that rising costs may hurt long standing community celebrations.

Brian Murphy, member of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee, was concerned how the permit influx would impact the 47-year-old tradition.

"Well when I read it in the paper that they were making a change to the current cost of the event, it raised a red flag from the standpoint that we didn't know how much it was going to go up," Murphy said.

Though the council could not give an exact amount of increase, they said the new permit regulations would not be of significant change. They said the new cost may range anywhere between $25 to $50.

Municipal and Public Affairs Chair Jerry Motsavage said, "It is going to be a minimal increase. We're not trying to recover the costs. We don't want to discourage any events from the city," said Motsavage.

Meetings will be held Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. A final decision will be made at this time.

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