Changes could soon be made that could affect the way Binghamton residents throw parties. As our Elyse Mickalonis explains, city officials want a complete overhaul of event permit regulations - changes they say could save taxpayers some money.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Party planning in Binghamton could soon be getting a makeover.
"We just want to have all the events and make sure there is a method to have everything controlled,” said Jerry Motsavage, (D) Binghamton City Council.
Council members and the city clerk say event permit regulations have needed to be reworked for many years.
"It’s created a lot of confusion both upon the city and city residents as far as what the regulations are,” said Angela Holmes, Binghamton City Clerk. “It’s been difficult for us to apply regulations on an equitable basis."
On Monday, the council met to go over wording in the new legislation, addressing multiple issues.
"To set up barricades, to set up water, electric services. The way the application deadline is, there’s not enough time,” said Motsavage. “We’re trying to make it so they have enough time."
Because of that headache, Holmes says the new changes would affect everything from the permit application deadline to fees.
"Right now we charge $10 for miscellaneous activities, that $10 gets you services from DPW, parks, the clerk’s office and many other departments and that’s all for $10. It’s something we’d like to amend,” said Holmes.
City officials say they don’t want to scare people away from having a good time, but they do want to take the financial burden off of taxpayers.
"We want to make sure this city is a place where people want to come, have their events, have their activities, but we also want to be fair about it too,” said Holmes. “Making sure that taxpayers as a whole aren't paying for the block party on a certain street, that the people throwing the party should be the ones paying for it."
City Council says any residents who wish to voice their concerns can attend a public hearing on December 5th and plans to vote on the proposed legislation December 19th. If it passes it would take effect in January.