State-wide news: NC county rejects aid for figure skating event

from WRAL

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The U.S. Figure Skating Championships will go on in North Carolina next week without a late gift from taxpayers in the host county.

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  1. Seems poorly handled somewhere. Too late to be asking for free services. This has been scheduled for a couple years. I fear promoters, groups, etc will only remember that the county said no and forget that the city said yes! I hope all goes well with volunteers, parking, weather (looks good)., security, etc. Good luck to em all!

    This is a big deal! Congratulations to all involved.

  2. In general, I would normally say yes to such request if it was required to get such an event into the city from the beginning. However, this situation does appear different. With only a couple of weeks to go before the event, it seems this part of the event was poorly planned by the event staff. They put these type of events on year after year so they know in advance what is needed to support the event and the predicted cost of such items. Anyone that misses what was originally a $100k cost that eventually comes down to just over $25k out of the budget, should learn to eat such cost within their own budget. If they had planned correctly, they would have only had to increase the average ticket cost by 25 cents. Their information shows that nearly 100k people will attend the events so you do the math.

    My 8 year old son could have figured this piece of the budget out so a bunch of tie wearing bald headed guys should have been able to figure it out. I have never heard the ACC or other big events ask for these handouts and neither should any other event that can charge whatever they want at the gate and still sell out.

  3. I have no idea if this is standard or not. I have no idea wether either of the ACC Champs gets this benefit or not. Anybody out there really KNOW the answer. How about Little Four, CVM basketball games, circus, etc.

  4. It was interesting how before the vote, Skip Alston was against the incentives and then when the vote came he voted in favor of the incentives…I wonder if he knew that the vote would end in a tie, even if he voted yes and then so he voted yes and he knew it wouldn’t pass any way since Mike Winstead wasn’t there to vote and it ended in a 5-5 tie….

    If so that was real politics by Skip, knowing if votes in favor of he won’t come out looking like the bad guy and before the vote he was talking anti-skating incentives and then after the vote he could say, “Oh I was in favor of it”, and he knew it wouldn’t pass and the county does not have to fork over any funds or services and the nay-sayers can’t say anything cause nothing is going out to the U.S. Figure Skating group….

    I thought the tie goes to the skater/runner……5-5 and where was Winstead?

    Will the county give services and funding to the Furniture Market when it comes to High Point????? High Point city does and does the County kick in too??????

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