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April 17, 2013 | 3,948 views | 17 comments

FLORESVILLE -- Citizens looking to book a special occasion at the Floresville Event Center may find that it will hurt their wallets more than in years past.

During its April 8 meeting, the Floresville 4A Corp. board approved a tentative new fee schedule, drafted mostly by board Vice President Melissa Popham. This is set to dramatically increase several of the rates at the event center. The fees will be presented to the Floresville City Council for review and approval.

This move comes in response to a March 14 directive by the Floresville City Council, which called for the 4A board to assume responsibilities for the daily operations of the Floresville Event Center by fiscal year 2014-15. It also follows the discussion at the March 25 meeting of the 4A board, in which the idea of price increases was the main topic of discussion.

The increases are designed to raise revenue for the Floresville Event Center as control of the center transitions from the city back to the 4A board.

“This fee schedule may change,” 4A President Bill Gleeson said. “We are going to present it to the city council, take their suggestions, and meet again [on April 29] to continue the evaluation if council requests it. “

Some fees, such as use of the outdoor patio at the Floresville Event Center, will more than double under the proposed plan. Currently, rental of the patio with restroom access is priced at $200 per day, or $400 per day if the client wishes to utilize the kitchen area. Under the proposed increases, those prices will increase to $500 or $800 per day, respectively, an increase of more than 100 percent.

Other items, such as cleanup of the gym, projector with screen (three are available), coffee, use of the front television screen, and staff to set up audio/visual equipment, also will double over their former costs.

Not all of the fees are set to change as dramatically.

Also discussed April 8 was the availability of the Floresville Event Center for use by nonprofit organizations and government entities.

The board agreed unanimously that a 20 percent discount be given to 501c(3) groups. The board stipulated also that local government entities may request use of the center free of charge for nonprofit events and training purposes. All such requests shall be approved by the board and considered on a case-by-case basis.

In attendance: City Manager Andy Joslin; and 4A board members Bill Gleeson, Melissa Popham, Deb Conoly, and Paige Pullin.

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Alvin Charmaine  
May 27, 2013 8:47pm
 
It would be cool to open a barbecue, beer, hamburger joint there. With volleyball courts in the back and maybe a stage for bands.

 
Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
May 25, 2013 12:09pm
 
you can also partner up with the local hotels/motels to see who they have booking with them that may need some meeting rooms or at least get some info to them to put in the rooms or local info packets.... lil networking never ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
May 24, 2013 4:29pm
 
NewGuy is right ... another thing. Until now, Floresville did not have motel space available for any size convention. In fact, we lost out on several events because of that. Again, no planning. Should have had accommodations ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
May 24, 2013 4:07pm
 
I think mr tejada's comment is very telling. When comparing the buildings of similar sizes, did you happen to compare the county / city populations ? The live oak civic center and la villita are located in or around a county ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
May 24, 2013 10:41am
 
Im not a business major, but I would have to think a sharp rise in prices as these would deter folks from wanting to have their events here. I think it will only hurt business. Not fair to compare the prices to La Villita or ... More ›

 
Something else to say 2  
May 23, 2013 5:09pm
 
The Great Oz has spoken. We should follow what he says because the two events that he promoted, did so very well! NOT!

 
Winston Shaffer  
Floresville, TX  
May 23, 2013 4:12pm
 
Obviously, someone who took an economics or business course needs to help these folks out. Supply and demand. Of course, until a market study is done, who knows what the value of renting the convention center is. $500/day ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
May 23, 2013 3:28pm
 
Figuring out the shortfall and adjusting fees to cover the shortfall only works if the potential consumer of the product will buy at the new price. Have we ever gotten accurate accounting figures to compute the shortfall? Where ... More ›

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
May 23, 2013 2:47pm
 
So the ex mayor has spoken. Let's all take his advice since he ran the city so well!!! NOT!!!!

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
May 23, 2013 2:30pm
 
That's all fine and good. But again I ask, "On what are they basing these increases?" A business can't just one day wake up and say that prices are too low, then find some arbitrary percentage in the air by which ... More ›

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