AZTEC — The San Juan County Commission on Thursday approved vendor fee and rental rate changes at McGee Park.
"We operate at a deficiency out there anyway, and this will help reduce that," County Parks and Maintenance Director Michael Davidson told the commission in a work session.
County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter added the park is one of the county's largest subsidies.
The vendor fee and rental rate changes affect three buildings in the park.
Two rental rates were eliminated at the Convention Center — the $1,500 rate for events hosting 801 to 1,500 people and the $2,500 rate for events with more than 3,000 people. The concert and dance rates were lowered by $200 to $1,800.
But the rate for events such as expos, trade shows and banquets was raised by $200 to $1,400.
Two coliseum rental rates — the cost for events such as boxing and circuses and the cost for monster truck shows and concerts — were raised by $300. Event rates, such as circuses, are now $2,500, and monster truck event rates are $3,300.
In the multi-use building, all the rental rates will remain the same, but two vendor fees were added. On novelty sales, a 20 percent gross sales fee was added, and curtains for dances and banquets now cost $50.
The changes will affect big, out-of-town vendors that use the park for high-volume events, such as monster truck rallies, arenacross and large concerts, Parks and Maintenance Deputy Administrator Daniel Hill said after the meeting. Those vendors can absorb the increased fees, he said.
The change is expected to have a minimal effect on local vendors, he said.
"It's more of a cleanup than a revenue enhancement," Hill said.