City of Spokane would cover 65% of Hoopfest security costs under proposed plan

City of Spokane would cover 65% of Hoopfest security costs under proposed plan

The city of Spokane would cover 65 percent of Hoopfest’s security and public safety costs for the next three years under a proposed plan.

As it stands, the city covers around 60 percent of the annual three-on-three basketball tournament’s public safety costs.

The tentative three-year plan, which will soon go in front of the city council, includes anticipated costs for safety and traffic control response during the event; that includes response from the Spokane Police Department, Spokane Fire Department and Public Works.

In the early 2000’s the city found it could not financially support an array of community events without some recovery of costs expended on behalf of those events. According to city documents, in 2003, the city formulated an unwritten policy of cost recovery for certain special events that credit an amount of expended funds for public safety services in recognition that the events, like Hoopfest, create a significant economic impact to the community.

Since 2004, the City has waived 40% or more of these costs for Hoopfest in recognition of the $46 million economic impact it brings to Spokane.

Public safety costs for Hoopfest 2019 are expected to be nearly $260,000. The tentative plan suggests a 35 percent recovery from Hoopfest this year; that cost will be $67,000 from Hoopfest, with the rest coming from the city of Spokane.

The plan also outlines that years two and three of the agreement would also be capped at no more than $67,000 in cost recovery, even if city costs increase.

The proposal will go before the city council on June 17.

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