Logan candidate feature: Doug Thompson

<em>Cache Valley Daily is quizzing Logan Municipal Candidates prior to the November election about the events of the day, beginning with former Logan Mayor Doug Thompson regarding the city’s “Freedom Fire” celebration in July losing $60,000.</em>

“I was surprised and saddened because it was a great effort and a great event and I am sorry they lost that much money. $60,000 wouldn’t be too much to lose on a million dollar water line. But this isn’t a water line, it’s entertainment and we shouldn’t be losing that much money for that kind of a thing.”

<em>If elected to the Municipal Council will you support returning to a smaller, less expensive summer holiday celebration?</em>

“It is hard for me to say without looking at the income statement to understand what the income was, what the expenses were, to see if there are expenses that could be cut. Or considering lowering the price per ticket to encourage more to attend. Such a decision needs to be based on more specifics. We would have to look very carefully at it before any decision is made.”

<em>Apparently not as many of the higher priced tickets were sold.</em>

“That’s right, that’s a concern. We need to remember that the fireworks show is probably the best-attended event in Cache Valley. Most of the attendance is outside the stadium, but I am told there is an audience of over 80,000 people. “Maybe it’s something that the RAPZ tax should help with because it is a county-wide event. People from all over the county are enjoying it. “Another thought I had: maybe the city gets together with the Cruise-In so that there is only one concert on the July 4 weekend. But I would hate to see that celebration diminished, because it is such a great event.”

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