Great Debate fees

Council will consider fee reduction at next meeting

The Chico City Council voted on Tuesday (Sept. 24), to reconsider the fees charged to rent city facilities for a specific event: the Chico State Great Debate. It voted 6-0 (Councilman Sean Morgan was absent) to have city staff bring forward a report with a cost estimate for the use of the council chambers and its conference rooms.

Several council members spoke to the public benefit of such an event, which is intended to foster civic engagement between college students and the community. City Manager Mark Orme (pictured) said the estimate will take that, and the university’s $1,000 budget, into account. City Clerk Debbie Presson said she’d prepare the report for the next meeting’s consent agenda, as the event is slated for Oct. 25.