The Indie Garage Sale, Fireworks Over Utica and Taste of Utica are in the process of being moved out of the city or dissolved completely.
And organizers say oppressive fees – either enacted or enforced for the first time this summer – are to blame. . . .
But it hasn’t prompted any hindsight change of mind from Common Councilman Jerry Kraus, D-at large, who captained the legislation that included a 15 percent surcharge on the sale of alcoholic beverages and a $1 fee per ticket sold at events on city property.
The money gained from the events would have been “nominal” when compared with the level of public safety and public works services from the city, he said.How about the level of public safety and public works services from the city for Saranac Thursdays, Utica Monday Nights, and the Boilermaker? Following that logic, the city should be slapping a participation fee on everyone attending these events, too . . . And what would be the result if the city did this?
As the region's population center, it is advantageous for events to be located within Utica's city limits. However, this advantage quickly disappears if "Big Government" imposes special fees and requirements. Utica is geographically small. It is easy for organizers to move events across the city line.
Big Government in a Small City simply does not work.