Law enforcement costs boost Alpine Valley ticket prices
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LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP — Concertgoers to Alpine Valley Music Theatre will be paying a little more for admission this year in order to meet rising security costs.
On Jan. 18, the Walworth County Executive Committee approved the application for renewal of the theater’s 2010 business license and agreed to raise ticket prices by 40 cents, bringing the total per-ticket price for extraordinary law enforcement costs to $1.90 per ticket starting this summer.
Walworth County Supervisor Nancy Russell said revenue from the license fee attached to each ticket is placed in an escrow account to primarily pay Walworth County Sheriff’s Office deputies who handle the crush of concert traffic and crowds along County Highway D in Lafayette Township.
The fee started in 1997 at 50 cents per ticket, and increased to $1.50 by 2003. The county board initially considered a hike of 75 cents, bringing the cost to $2.25 per ticket, before settling on $1.90.
“With ticket costs at Alpine averaging $45 or so, I don’t think that increase is going to be a big burden on concertgoers,” Russell said.
The reserve fund in the escrow account dropped from a high of $158,125 in 2004 to $5,800 last year.
Read the full story in the Feb. 7, 2010 e-edition of Walworth County Sunday, PAGE 11A.