Fort Smith City Directors Uphold Mayor’s Motorcycle Rally Funding Veto
FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The Fort Smith City Board of Directors upheld the mayor’s decision to veto funding for a proposed motorcycle rally at Tuesday (Feb. 3) night’s city directors meeting.
Three city directors voted to uphold the veto, four voted to overturn it. To override a veto, at least five of the seven city directors must vote against the mayor.
Mayor Sandy Sanders vetoed spending $84,000 in taxpayer money on the Steel Horse Rally on Jan. 26 after the City Board of Directors approved it in a prior meeting. The mayor said he couldn’t justify spending tax dollars for a private sector event.
When the mayor announced his veto, Dennis Snow, president of the Steel Horse Rally, said he was surprised, but said the rally would go forward with or without city money. Snow said he’s now going to rely on sponsors to fund the whole rally, which is scheduled to take place May 1 and 2. Snow estimates the total cost of the rally will be between $476,887 and $543,387.