The Annual Fiesta del Llano's Festival could be in jeopardy if the City Council passes a proposed ordinance.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is suggesting the city stop providing in-kind services to events that charge a gated admission fee. Examples of in-kind services are the use of city electricity, water, and police. The advisory board recommends the city only provide the services to events that do not charge a gated admission fee. But, Fiesta Del Llano's Board Chair, Christy Martinez, argues that the event puts money back into the community. "It's kind of like a cycle. The money comes in and goes right back into the community," said Martinez.
Martinez also says the gate fee pays for logistics, like portable toilets and entertainment at the festival. If the council passes the recommendation, the changes would go into effect in 2005.