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Colorfest 2013 sustains $7,500 loss

Richard D. L. Fulton

(1/25) In spite of generating around $44,000 in revenue, Colorfest 2013 went into the hole some $7,500, according to the Thurmont Board of Commissioners.

Mayor John Kinnaird stated at the January 14 board of commissioners meeting, "Because there as a very poor turn-out and bad weather, we had a loss of $7,509 (a further plunge from 2012ís loss of $2,400)."

He said, "Permits were down, income from parking was down, everything was down. We (had) even cut back on some of the expenditures."

Commissioner Martin Burns said, "When you see we made $14,000 in 2008, $8,000 the next year, $4,000, $1,000, but you see the trend going downward on the amount of revenue." Burns suggested the town look at increasing permit fees, although the fees have already been set for 2014.

Commissioner Bill Buehrer suggested the board look at cutting expenses before deciding to increase permit fees.

The board directed the town staff to produce possible fee increase numbers based on various increments, but took no formal action on the issue.

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