Price to rent Memorial Hall may rise

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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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