Sequim: Festivals won’t be charged for police services

SEQUIM — City Council members agree the city’s two largest annual festivals shouldn’t have to pay for generalized services under a planned special events ordinance.

Payment for police services highlighted discussion of the ordinance during the council’s work session on Wednesday.

The issue of paying for police services for the Lavender Festival and Sequim Irrigation Festival has been a matter of debate between festival promoter Pat McCauley and Police Chief Byron Nelson.

The debate began after the Irrigation Festival was billed for the presence of Sequim police at the event’s carnival.

McCauley objected to the police billing for the carnival, which she says is a large revenue producer for the annual festival.

Nelson told council members that the carnival requires uniformed police and that he believes that the money-making event should pay for that service.

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