Council OKs Cinco funding
After a one-year absence, the De Soto Cinco de Mayo Celebration will return to the De Soto Community Center this year.
The De Soto City Council last Thursday approved a $3,500 subsidy of the festival with its members restating the position of the celebration as a unique and important community event. The council also agreed to a list of requests Councilman Tim Maniez worked out with the celebrations organizing committee in recent weeks.
The agreement will allow the celebration to serve food and drink at the event with much the same conditions that Kansas Oldtime Singers, Pickers and Fiddlers use in its monthly gatherings at the Community Center.
Maniez, who was past chairman of the De Soto Days Festival, said what finally made De Soto Days a success was the carnival. Should it be rained out two or three years in a row, that event could also be forced to come to the city for money.
Still, council members agreed the Cinco committee should look for ways to become more self-sufficient and agreed to help in that effort.
The council also agreed to provide $1,000 to the De Soto Relay For Life, which will be June 2 and 3 at the De Soto High School stadium.
In a move that will provide more revenue for the fund used to subsidize community events, the council agreed to increase the city's transient guest tax from 4 to 6 percent. City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said that was in line with other Johnson County cities.
The increase will add $6,000 in additional revenue, Guilfoyle said.