SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Anybody who has ever sought a cost from New York State is aware of that issues usually transfer sluggish. That is why county officers aren’t involved that they have not but obtained the cash promised for final summer time‘s Miranda Lambert live performance.
In a briefing to Onondaga County’s planning and financial improvement committee, Deputy County Government Invoice Fisher stated he wasn’t involved that the state hasn’t but ponied up the $119,000 it owes the county for the live performance.
“The state pays when the state pays, and so they all the time do,” he stated. “They’re good for the cash. We’re ready on a wide range of reimbursement grants and we absolutely anticipate that might be paid…We’re not going to overlook payroll if we do not get that cash subsequent week.”
County Comptroller Bob Antonacci raised the problem of the lacking fee in aletter to the committee on Tuesday. Fisher dismissed the letter as “full of inaccuracies” and accused the comptroller of enjoying politics.
Fisher additionally responded to the comptroller’s request for a duplicate of the Stay Nation contract by saying Antonacci has been asking for numerous paperwork every day with out offering the scope of an audit or context for what he is in search of.
“For them to ask for this doc or that with out the small print of an audit? No, these will not be offered,” Fisher stated.
Over the course of an hour, Fisher detailed bills related to the amphitheater for the county in addition to the promoter, Stay Nation. He reiterated that the amphitheater’s working mannequin is similar to the Oncenter or Battle Memorial. It’s managed by SMG, booked by Stay Nation and owned by the county.
The county and SMG will develop a report on the finish of the live performance season to find out any earnings or losses, Fisher mentioned. They don’t, nevertheless, plan on compiling revenue and loss sheets for every live performance.
Legislator David Knapp took exception with insinuations Antonacci has made in regards to the amphitheater. He pointed to a radio interview this morning the place Antonacci “intimated” that taxpayers might be on the hook to make the bond funds on the constructing if the amphitheater is not profitable.
“It’s very disingenuous,” Knapp stated. “He picked his phrases very fastidiously, however he made it sound like if we do not make $three million in revenue from these concert events, taxpayers are going to be paying the distinction. And that is completely unfaithful.”
The county borrowed $50 million to construct the amphitheater and is utilizing cash from a settlement with the Oneida Nation to pay it again. Up to now, the funds from the Nation have exceeded the bond funds and the county is “socking that cash” away, Fisher stated.
Fisher additionally gave the committee an replace on logistics like parking, tailgating and the principles for garden chairs.
Antonacci was not on the assembly, however two of his deputies attended.