This E-mail was received from Loveland Mayor, Rob Weisgerber moments after publishing: City Manager Threatens to Cancel Loveland's Amazing Race
So I can give you the best information and you can represent the truth I will explain. I will be breif since i just landed in Newfoundland and it is after 2:00 am here.
The City can not afford to donate to charities. A charity like the amazing race makes a lot of money and there is no reason why the city should donate tax payer money to an organization causing the tax payer monies to become pass through donations with the budget crunch upon the city. There is value in Loveland as a site for an event like the amazing race and that value can no longer be overlooked and a fee is in the taxpayers interest.
The connection to the downtown project is clear. The project is again on the ropes due to the costs including added costs of the hold out building. Since the city will not be receiving revenues next year from sales within the project construct, the city will now be burdened with well over a 100,000 dollars in payments and these will punish the 2013 budget additionally. Added budget cuts or a new deal downtown or both are needed.
The amazing race organizers are feeling the added pressure of the 2013 budget crunch as stated above. Martin is involved with both the downtown project and the amazing race. As such, one like yourself can blow the linkage out of proportion to make a political statement.
So the permit fee is NOT directly caused by Greiwe or because Martin has not reached an agreement, however the direct linkage is added budget pressures.
Whatever you have below and in the first email to me was misleading and wrong. Use my response above and do not rearrange the words to say what you want.
Sent from The Mayor's Pad