February 25, 2013

Belt Tightening Keeps Fair Going

Filed under: Uncategorized — waltblog @ 5:40 pm

McARTHUR — The most recent belt tightening done to insure the continuation of the Inter Mountain Fair was Manager Bob Macfarlane’s decision to retire, not from the job, but from payroll. That was a major reduction in expenses to the fair, but not the only one, as he explained to the Burney Rotary Club last Thursday (several Rotarians are pictured above at the Heritage Foundation Room).
When the state fell on hard times, it stopped giving the fair’s a cut of the pari-mutual funds and a county department that is expected to pay a share of all county management expenses, but one that is also self sufficient or it doesn’t survive.
The result was a major review and overhaul of its operations. They discovered they could do without full time employees, that saved them $150,000 a year, Macfarlane says .

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