Will town finances derail Snow Ball? | VailDaily.com

Will town finances derail Snow Ball?

AVON, Colorado – The Snow Ball was a money-maker for Avon in March, but a bigger event next year might be too big a pill for town officials to swallow.

The Avon Town Council Tuesday unanimously approved a permit for a 2012 Snow Ball. In a separate vote, the council unanimously approved spending $15,000 for police, transit and other services to help the event.

The problem, from the promoters’ perspective, is that they’d asked for $78,000 worth of town services.

Asked if the commitment from the town was enough to put on another event in 2012, promoter Chad Donnelly said he doesn’t know yet.

“We’ll know in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

Donnelly and fellow promoter Scott Stoughton said their strong preference would be to return to Avon. But if the numbers don’t work, both said they’d have to explore other locations.

The initial Snow Ball in March drew raves from those who attended, and business owners were thrilled for more people in their restaurants and shops. But people who live around the park complained about trash, noise, and what they called widespread drug use.

That negative publicity – along with a squeaky-tight budget – influenced council members.

“The bottom line is, if we’re going to spend a good portion of what we brought in (in sales taxes), it’s not something I’m comfortable spending on when we don’t have the money,” council member Buz Reynolds said.

Fellow council member Kristi Ferarro said she’d like to see the festival return, but not if the town had to spend a lot of money to do it.

“With the negatives, if we spent money on it, people are going to say, ‘what are you doing?”

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