Monroe yet to decide on music festival funding

MONROE — The Monroe City Council has asked for another week to decide the fate of the MusicFest at Lake Tye Park.

The event lost $36,000 in public funds last year. Now, Keith Brock, a guitarist who splits his time between Los Angeles and Monroe, wants the city to put up $65,000 for another September festival.

Brock told The Herald last week he intends to donate $20,000 to fund a 2014 concert if the city matches his contribution.

If the council agrees to fund a 2014 festival, city officials have said they want to see if others are interested in the concert contract.

Last year, the city decided Brock’s proposal was so unique they awarded the 2013 contract to him exclusively. City officials also acknowledge they didn’t vet Brock’s background before entrusting him with public money.

The council was expected this week to decide whether to fund this year’s event.

Mayor Geoffrey Thomas said the council wanted to allow more time for information from Brock.

Thomas said he still has concerns about the city funding a festival. Monroe’s 2014 general fund has budgeted expenses forecast to exceed revenues by $102,804.

The council is now set to decide at the March 25 meeting.

More in Local News

Former Monroe cop loses appeal on sex crimes conviction

Once a highly respected officer, he was found guilty of secretly videotaping his kids’ babysitter.

Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, is a suspect in the homicide of his roommate. (Edmonds Police Department)
Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Stormy weather knocks out power to parts of Everett

About PUD customers 3,700 lost electricity in Snohomish County early Thursday morning.

New leaders coming to county, state political parties

Hillary Moralez of Bothell takes over as chair for the Snohomish County Democratic Party.

Young woman missing from Mukilteo found safe

She called her parents and told them she was at a museum in Seattle.

Camano Island man gets 18 years for role in drug ring

He was convicted of helping lead a drug distribution network in four Washington counties.

Lake Stevens man missing since beginning of January

Jason Michael Knox White hasn’t used his credit card or withdrawn money from his bank since then.

Navy to put filter in Coupeville’s contaminated water system

Chemicals from firefighting foam was found in the town’s drinking water.

Mom and brother turn in suspect in Stanwood robberies

The man is suspected of robbing the same gas station twice, and apologizing to the clerk afterward.

Most Read