For 2012, the city spent $70,136 hosting such events as Taste of Hudson, fireworks, the farmers market, and the 100th Birthday of the Clocktower. Twenty-one events were listed in the calculations, and did not include any function where no cost was incurred.
A breakdown of the $70,136 showed that city employees regular hours cost $17,473 and were 24.9 percent of the total. Overtime hours cost $40,543, and accounted for the majority of the spending, at 57.8 percent.
Equipment took up the remaining 16.4 percent at a cost of $11,564.
Roberts said that over the past five years, the city has sought to decrease overtime costs for special events by scheduling as many services as possible during regular working hours, and by requiring event organizers to change setup times to limit overtime hours.
Overtime costs in 2012 were approximately $12,000 less than they were in 2008, even though there were 71 events in 2012, and only 50 in 2008.
Roberts says that already in 2013, she has received applications for two new 5K runs, with 73 events already scheduled.
The most costly events, she says, were Taste of Hudson, fireworks, bandstand concerts, the Memorial Day Parade, and Screen on the Green in that order.
Mayor Currin commended Roberts for managing to reduce overtime, while increasing the number of events.
Roberts has requested city council to consider whether they desire to put a cap on city costs for special events, and if so, what that cap would be.