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Organization in charge of Mason City sculptures gets $10,000 payment from taxpayers

Robin Anderson runs an alleged non-profit called River City Sculptures on Parade, Inc. and recieved another $10,0000 from Mason City taxpayers on March 7th, 2013.
Robin Anderson runs a non-profit called River City Sculptures on Parade, Inc. and received a payment $10,0000 from Mason City taxpayers on March 7th, 2013.

MASON CITY – There are 19 more sculptures coming to the downtown Mason City area this spring, according to the organization run by the Chamber of Commerce’s Robin Anderson, which lead the effort to bring them to Mason City.

River City Sculptures on Parade, Inc. said recently that it is preparing for the installation of 19 remaining sculptures and is “looking for volunteers to serve on various committees for River City Sculptures on Parade.” The committees they listed were Administrative & Fundraising, Pedestal, Marketing, Reception & Sculpture Sale and Installation.

According to a check register from City Hall, on March 7th, the City of Mason City cut a check for $10,000 to River City Sculptures on Parade, Inc. for “miscellaneous expenses.”

NorthIowaToday.com has already reported last year that Mason City City Administrator Brent Trout found  what he called “excess receipts” in our hotel/motel tax fund from last year’s budget to fund the sculpture project initially for $25,000.  Trout found the “excess receipts” despite an extremely tight city budget, which lead to a contentious budget process.

City Finance Director Kevin Jacobson told NIT that “the $10,000 payment is for the startup costs (pedestals, nameplates, ballot box and other items) and the remaining $15,000 will be paid by the end of the year for the People’s Choice award.  In FY 2014, it appears … the City will use another $15,000 for FY 2014 People’s Choice as well.”

 

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