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Monday February 22nd, 2016

Posted at 8:12pm

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File photo from press event in 2014.

Windsor City Council has voted to spend $50,000 to support the City of Windsor’s participation in the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

For many years now, the city has offered financial support for the Detroit event. In 2008 and 2013 the contribution was $85,000 while that dropped to $50,000 in both 2014 and 2015.

Councillor Irek Kusmierczyk asked several questions to city administration about how many hotel rooms have been booked by hosting the event and news stories that has been written that included Windsor from past sponsorship, but city administration didn’t have those answers.

Kusmierczyk also pointed out that the Windsor International Film Festival came before council in December asking for a reduction of $5,000 in ticket surcharge, but was turned down. He said we need to support local home-grown organizations.

Mayor Drew Dilkens pointed out to council that this event gives Windsor access to world-class events that the city could not host on its own. He said that the city has invested past in the arts, pointing out new seats being installed in the Capitol Theater.

In the end the council voted 6 to 4 for the sponsorship.

Councillor Hilary Payne also asked for a report to come back after the event that would show what the city gained by the sponsorship before any requests come for 2017.

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