The Great Northern Fairgrounds in Havre could soon be shut down permanently unless changes are made.
This comes after the budget allotted for the fairgrounds for the fiscal year of 2017-18 has been nearly spent, according to Hill County Vice Chair Commissioner Diane McLean.
The year ends on June 30, 2018.
McLean said in order to try to save some spending, they had to cut some resources.
“The action that was taken was to reduce one of the line items that is the most costly at this time, and that was to reduce the number of workers that we pay there, employees that we pay there.”
That resource was the fairgrounds only employee, Dave Brewer, who worked as a manager since April 2017.
She said this isn’t a new problem though.
“The fairgrounds in Hill County has been a source of concern for a few years now and that this incident isn’t the only time when we’ve been seriously challenged to have enough money to keep it open.”
A meeting is being held on Wednesday to hear input from the public on the matter and for the commissioners to hear suggestions on how they can keep the fairgrounds running.
“There are definitely meetings going on, you know, already scheduled, trying to give us some ideas going forward. We’re just going to wait until we get through this first meeting and see if there are people in the community that have thoughts and ideas. That’s what it’s open up to and anybody that wants to chime in.”
That meeting is Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. in the Bear Paw Veterinary Services Large Animal Clinic Meeting Room.