MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM/KRLD) – The Mansfield City Council wants a refund of the money it spent on a Pecan Festival that isn’t going to happen.
The Mansfield Pecan Festival is a 25-year tradition and last year the city council gave the Chamber of Commerce $30,000 in hotel/motel occupancy tax money for it.
The money was to pay for both the 2010 and 2011 festival. The problem is, the chamber recently cancelled the 2011 festival, despite having spent the money. Mansfield Mayor David Cook is demanding a refund. “The festival that’s been agreed to be put on needs to be put on or those funds need to be returned,” he said.
Mayor Cook says, for the residents of his city, the preferred option is for the chamber to put on a festival. “Trying to get the taxpayer what they bargained for.” He said of the agreement. “We bargained for a $30,000 festival and that’s what I would like to see happen.
The Mansfield City Council voted unanimously in favor of the refund demand.
The Chamber, which claims the cost of the festival can approach $100,000, has yet to respond.
The 2010 Mansfield Pecan Festival only ran for about an hour before it was rained out.