Once again, Utah County taxpayers will bail out the county fair board by paying off $25,000 worth of its debts accrued this year, county commissioners decided Monday.
The fair board, however, had better not count on the county to pay any of its bills in the future, Commissioner Brent Morris said. Morris didn't rule out future donations to the fair but said any requests for next year's fair will have to be made during budget hearings that end Dec. 1.The $25,000 is in addition to $10,000 commissioners already contributed to the fair. The bailout was made despite legal counsel to the contrary.
Citing a number of factors - including bad weather, the fair's Spanish Fork location and insufficient funding - Alvin Kilmer, fair board chairman, told commissioners last week that the fair came up short and needed $23,340 to pay off a variety of vendors and advertisers. In addition, the fair owes the county a couple hundred dollars for printing and telephone bills.
Kilmer has suggested a committee be organized to study the fair's future and to develop suggestions on a better location. Morris and Commission Chairman Malcolm Beck said the commission is willing to help with the study.