Columbia County creates special fund for Evans Towne Center Park concerts

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:58 PM
Last updated 9:21 PM
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The Columbia County Com­mis­sion voted Tuesday to create a special revenue fund to pay up-front costs for concerts at Evans Towne Center Park.

To create the fund, the commission agreed to loan it $100,000 from the general fund.

State law requires a special revenue fund when user fees are charged for a service, such as ticket fees for concerts, county Finance Services Director Leanne Reece said last week.

She said the special fund also lets officials better keep track of the park’s profitability.

“We want to be able to keep up with how much revenue we’re bringing in from ticket sales versus how much it is costing us to put on the concerts or events,” Reece said.

The $100,000 loan is seed money to pay concert promoters, who often demand some payment before booking a show.

Little Big Town, scheduled to perform with Josh Kelley on April 5 at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion, required an up-front payment of $20,000, Reece said.

As the special revenue fund grows, Reece said, officials will reimburse the general fund.

In other business, the commission agreed to engage Augusta-based PayLink Partners to process online and in-person credit and debit card transactions for county services.

The service first will be used at the Water Utility department in a 60-day trial run, County Administrator Scott Johnson said.

Should that prove successful, the payment offerings then might be employed at Development Services. If that also is successful, Johnson said PayLink will be incorporated for all county departments.

The county will pay PayLink a monthly processing fee determined by the number and types of transactions.

Johnson said a $2.50 fee charged for online payments should cover the cost of the PayLink payments.

Those who pay in person won’t have to pay the fee.


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