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Oktoberfest facing $21,000 in fees


LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Oktoberfest officials are bit surprised by the latest fees proposed by the La Crosse Public Works Department.

The department said the city's costs amounted to $24,000 during Oktoberfest this year.

Now they're working to determine how much Oktoberfest should pay next year.

Nothing is finalized yet, but the city is considering charging Oktoberfest $11,000 to cover Public Works extra equipment and overtime costs.

Oktoberfest is surprised by the amount, based of conversations last year, they were expecting to pay around $4,000.

Public Works said after the Maple Leaf parade this year they picked up three tons of trash, one reason for the fee.

Another reason, setting up barricades and paying for a street sweeper.

Oktoberfest wants the city to consider the economic impact the festival has on the community before assessing charges.

"It may not be a recorded line item on the budget but it definitely adds to the local economy. There are several businesses that make their year during those nine days," Tina Severson, Oktoberfest Executive Director said.

"Yes Oktoberfest," Dale Hexom, Director of Public Works said. "and other area events, Riverfest for instance, Rotary Lights coming up, bring in a lot of people, visitors to La Crosse, and have an economic impact, however there is still a cost that is there that comes back to the city for staging that kind of event."

In addition to those fees, Oktoberfest will pay the police department $10,000 for their services.

Potentially, Oktoberfest could pay $21,000 total for services from city departments.

If that's the case Severson said they're going to have to be very creative with the 2013 festival. Hexom said if those fees are too high for Oktoberfest, they would have to appeal to city council because it is a policy decision.

The Board of Public Works will discuss the fees again at their next meeting on November 26.

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