The cleanup bill for last week’s Anixi Agrarian Jubilee has arrived and it is substantial.
The cost of straightening up The Park after this year’s event, which was the largest in its history, will “just about empty The Park’s coffers,” says Finance Officer, Milton Struts.
“Even the [celebration of the] establishment of zoocracy and calendar harmonization didn’t cost this much,” he says.
Organizers of the event say that its size and the numbers it attracts account for the hefty bill.
“The Park is growing in population and this year’s weather was extraordinary. Those two factors, alone, could account for the numbers we saw at the event,” says Aintza Kanariar, Director of Public Relations for The Park’s Department of Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations.
Adding to the financial woes is the fact that some Finance Officers say the massive bill should come out of the groundskeeping account rather than the money that is allocated yearly for special events and celebrations.
“We are divided on this,” said Milton Struts in an interview on Mammalian Daily Radio this morning.
“The Special Event account is over-budget already, and we’re not even halfway through the year. Groundskeeping, on the other hand, has a small surplus, due to this year’s extremely mild Winter. It makes sense, I think, to pull the funds from there. I’m thinking ahead to next year and we don’t want to have to say that we’re cutting back on special events. That won’t go down well with Park Animals,” he warned.