Watertown Officials Say They're Willing To Help DPAO Cut Concert

Watertown Officials Say They're Willing To Help DPAO Cut Concert Costs

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Watertown's city council says it's willing to do something to help the Disabled Persons Action Organization with its costs for using the municipal arena and fairgrounds for its concerts.

The two sides met Monday night at a city council work session. 

The DPAO says there's more competition than ever to do shows, making it more difficult to make money.

Council members say since DPAO is a not-for-profit, they can try to make something happen that is more cost effective for the several concerts the organization puts on each year.

"We've done other arrangements where it's a public services arrangement where we can do things like that," Mayor Joe Butler said, "as well as a longer-term contract."

"They were interested," DPAO President Joe Rich said after the meeting. "They want us to keep doing our shows. They know how important it is for the quality of life in Watertown, but also how it helps DPAO as well."

Before DPAO and the city strike a deal, the city wants to see how much money the summer concert series makes for the organization, as well as what city resources are used for the average concert.

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