Price to rent Memorial Hall may rise


The price to rent Memorial Hall in Carthage may be going up.

Council members have given first round approval to increase rental rates by $25 dollars. City workers say the facility is used on a regular basis – but that costs like staffing and maintenance are outpacing rental rates set back in 2008.

“Kind of like other recreational programs; it doesn’t make money. It just, it doesn’t even make enough to maintain its own services. It’s basically operating at a deficit,” says Tom Short, Carthage City Administrator.

If the $25 dollar increase is finalized, municipal workers say the hall would still rely on city funding to keep up. The city council is expected to discuss the change again next month.

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