After violence cut short the festival that’s tied to the annual Dominican parade, the city is looking to refund $17,325, according to a measure before the city council. The festival organized by the Desfile Dominicano De New Jersey was scheduled to go on from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., but had to be shut down at 6 p.m.
“Roughly 33% of the festival’s allotted time was not conducted,” reads the resolution. A 33-percent refund from the $34,650 the nonprofit organization paid the city to put on the parade and festival amounts to $11,538.
Cutting short the festival also adversely impacted vendors. The early shut down may have resulted in extra costs for the organizer. This consideration boosted the refund amount from 33-percent to 50-percent or $17,325.
The city council was presented with the measure by mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ administration. The council did not discuss the resolution on Tuesday night, but will have to take a vote on it next week.