Walks, runs and other races for years have been a major annoyance for Kansas City area residents who find their normal routes blocked by people in those fundraising events.
Starting in 2016, the fees that event organizers pay to Kansas City will go up if the City Council votes on Thursday to approve the change, The Kansas City Star reports. It would be a welcomed move. Nearly 160,000 runners took part in 72 races in Kansas City in 2014.
The current $100 flat application fee is way too low. Officials said it doesn’t cover the costs to the city, and it certainly doesn’t come close to making up for the aggravation that the events create for residents and motorists.
The fee increase wouldn’t come close to covering people’s frustration cost, but at least it’s moving in the right direction. If approved, the plan would keep the $100 fee this year if applications are turned in 90 days ahead of the event deadline. Late applications would bump up to $300 if filed within 30 days of the event.
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Starting in 2016, the fees would run $300 to $4,000. It would be based on the number of participants and the length of the race. That would generate $60,000 to $65,000 a year. Event organizers cover costs that include police and trash pickup.
The council also should consider getting the event organizers to either receive notarized permission from neighborhood associations or pay an added neighborhood disruption fee because of the inconvenience folks have to endure. That money then could go directly to the neighborhood affected for improvements needed in those areas.