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image In addition to the $63,00 bill to Country Explosion, the Tooele County Commission approved mid-year budget adjustments at Tuesday night’s meeting that included a $14,300 allocation from the tourism tax fund to buy fertilizer to help the turf at Deseret peak recover from the four-day concert series held in July.

September 4, 2014
Concert costs continue to rise

Tooele County expenses for Country Explosion now exceed $100,000 

Nearly two months after Country Explosion ended, a baseball field at Deseret Peak Complex remains unplayable and a $63,000 bill for damages, repairs and services remains unpaid.

“The bill for damages has been given to Country Explosion’s insurance company, and we are waiting to see what they do with it,” said Tooele County Commissioner Jerry Hurst. “In the meantime, the ball field is not usable.”

In addition to the $63,00 bill to Country Explosion, the county commission approved mid-year budget adjustments at Tuesday night’s commission meeting that included a Country Explosion related expense.

The adjustments included a $14,300 allocation from the tourism tax fund to buy fertilizer to help the turf at Deseret Peak recover from the four-day concert that was held July 17-20.

The $14,300 allocation for fertilizer was not included in the $63,000 bill for damages to the facility and services provided to Country Explosion by county employees, according to Hurst.

“This is a separate amount that will not be billed to Country Explosion,” Hurst said. “This is part of the normal wear and tear on the facility.”

The Tooele County Sheriff’s Office has also billed Country Explosion $32,000 for security personnel and $4,800 for dispatch services, according to Sheriff Frank Park.

That brings the total for damages, wear and tear, and services to $114,100.

Tooele County collected $60,000 from Country Explosion for use of the facilities no later than 60 days prior to the start of the event, and received a $10,000 security deposit, according to the contract.

The baseball field at Deseret Peak is where the main stage was located. Two water lines were damaged and there were broken pipes for the sprinkler system and missing sprinkler heads on the baseball field.

There are some areas of the baseball field that need to be reseeded and the area right in front of the stage was trampled, according to Mark McKendrick, Tooele County parks and recreation director.

The sheriff said he is not sure when Country Explosion will pay their bill for his department’s services.

“They paid the bill for our services at the 2013 Country Explosion at Miller Motorsports Park in January 2014,” said Park.

Tooele County is also waiting for a complete accounting of the $400,000 the county provided from the tourism tax fund to Country Explosion for marketing purposes, according to Tooele County Commissioner Shawn Milne.

Country Explosion agreed to provide documentation showing that all tourism tax fund money was used for marketing, according to the contract with the county.

Attempts to reach Country Explosion officials for comment regarding the concert’s costs have been unsuccessful. 

Tim Gillie

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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