CK’s Brown votes against proposal to have county boost rodeo purse

In a surprising move, Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown voted against using $40,000 of general fund money for the upcoming 2010 rodeo purse.

At the July 12 meeting of the board of commissioners, a resolution to finance an $80,000 rodeo purse for the 2010 Kitsap County Fair and Stampede came up for a vote.

The rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and is authorized to award prize money to contestants.

The total rodeo prize money is estimated to be $80,000 (not including contestant fees) for 2010.

This total includes $40,000 paid from Special Revenue Fund 1331, which is supported by sponsorship dollars and $40,000 from the general fund budget.

This resolution would authorize the county to issue a check to the PRCA Rodeo Purse Fund in the amount of $80,000.

“We are going to have to look at all discretionary pots,” said Brown, who represents Central Kitsap, where the rodeo is held. “With an almost $5 million in budget cuts, we are going to have to look at all of our spending.

“We are going to have to make some tough decisions.”

When the motion was made and seconded, the commissioners voted two to one with Charlotte Garrido and Steve Bauer voting in favor of it and Brown voting against.

Garrido, although voting in favor of the resolution, agreed with Brown.

“We need to look at these types of programs,” she said, “and decide whether or not it’s a necessary expenditure of the county’s money.”

“We need to challenge the community to come up with funding for this event because when we’re talking about decreasing law enforcement and other needed county services, we can’t turn around and spend what little resources we have,” Brown added.

Brown had originally requested that the resolution be pulled from the agenda in order to obtain more information regarding funding for the purse from the parks department.

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