Should the city underwrite the American Folk Festival?

Posted Dec. 06, 2009, at 3:42 p.m.

The BDN recently reported that the folk festival held each August on the Bangor riverfront is in deeper debt than previously disclosed. Much of the debt is owed to the city; the festival relied on the city’s line of credit. The festival also owes the city for in-kind services, such as hours the public works department and public safety departments devoted to the festival without charge. Should the city continue to absorb

these costs? Do the economic benefits the festival brings to Bangor outweigh the costs to taxpayers? Should some regional group, governmental or private, help pick-up the slack? Has the festival been entirely honest about its financial state?