Futures of Some Selma Tourism Events Uncertain
From the West Alabama Newsroom–
A dispute over city fees has dealt a major blow to the spring tourism season in the city of Selma.
The annual Battle of Selma Civil War re-enactment won’t be happening this year.
James Hammonds says the four day event was cancelled because of $22,000 dollars in fees the city is requesting for city services.
“Well, it would increase our budget by 76 percent, almost double our budget and it’s not really the finances to support that on an on-going basis,” he said.
Hammonds says while the event is scheduled for next year, it’s future remains uncertain.
Response to the city fees have been similar by the organizers of the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, the city’s other major tourism event of the spring.
“Its no way we can pay the city $25 and $30,000 dollars. We just don’t have it,” said Toure.
Still, Toure says there are no plans to cancel this year’s event at the moment.
Attempts by Alabama News Network to get a response from the city officials regarding the fees were unsuccessful.