From the easy solutions department...There has been debate over the true cost of underwriting the logistical costs of anyone who wants to rent the Fairgrounds for a concert. Some say it promotes culture and economic development. I have said they are commercial enterprises operating on public property and should pay a market rate....
Here's another solution. Charge the promoter the true cost of the staging the event for all the public works and public safety costs....That would give the public the transparency needed to judge these events.
Then to continue the subsidies, the City Council can appropriate grants to promoters to cover those costs.
Therefore a concert that costs $22,546 for the city would be billed and the promoter would be given the grant money to pay his bill.
This way , those who think it should be free are satisfied, but lawmakers would have to own up to what they are spending.
Now this may not be what I think should be done, but it would be a more transparent way for some lawmakers to continue doing what they are doing.