Commissioners Discussed Fairgrounds Financial Status with Fair Board
The Josephine County Fair made a profit this year in the $60,000 range as numbers are still being calculated, however the Fairgrounds remains a drain on already thin county coffers.
A Monday afternoon meeting in the court house between the County Commissioners and the Fair Board was to determine whether a $315,000 deficit in Fair’s budget would be erased with a loan or grant from the county’s general fund.
The Fairground’s monthly expense for just utilities is $8,000 with payroll running $13,000 monthly. Counting all the incoming revenues the Fairgrounds is running about $15,000 in the red each month causing Commissioner Simon Hare to comment there doesn’t appear to be anyway for the Fairgrounds to repay a loan.
The topic of a loan/grant is on the Commissioner’s agenda for the Wednesday Business Session this week.
The Commissioners put the impetus on the Fair board to increase revenues with a review and likely increase to Fairgrounds renters, through public fund raisers, and thinking outside the box when it comes to bringing money into Fairgrounds account.