Montgomery mayor pledges continued support for Jubilee Cityfest

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Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- A big portion of Jubilee's funding comes from the City of Montgomery.  There were years when the city was reluctant to fund the event because it didn't make much money, but now, there's a new mayor in town.

Not only is Mayor Todd Strange planning to be at Jubilee this weekend, he says he's looking forward to the two-day festival.

It's been a roller coaster ride for the event when it comes to money, and to survive the festival really depends on the city's support.

"We will always be supportive of Jubilee," said Mayor Strange.  "As long as Jubilee is a positive economic impact and it gives us a good feeling, it's a good thing for our community and we will support it financially, Strange continued.

The city gave $400,000 to Jubilee in cash and in-kind services like police, fire and sanitation. The mayor says the amount the city gives each year will depend on how much it has available.

"They (Jubilee Cityfest) actually have $60,000 over in a revenue stream over last year's expense, said Mayor Strange.  "Should we put $60,000 of taxpayer money when they have a revenue stream over? We are because I think they need to have reserves."

Reserves are needed if there is an emergency or if the weather turns bad which might be the case this year.

The mayor also says if there's a year when the city has less money available, it may mean Jubilee will have to go from 15 acts to 5.

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