Food vendors ask city for help
Posted at: 08/09/2012 6:15 PM
| Updated at: 08/09/2012 9:32 PM
By: Mike Daniels, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Food vendors battling the organizers of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta over concession fees have gone to a higher power to get help.
They fired off a letter Tuesday to Albuquerque's mayor and hand delivered it to city hall.
Balloon Fiesta's 15-year contract with the city is up in October, and the letter is an attempt by angry food vendors to ask the city to make some changes in the upcoming contract.
Balloon Fiesta hired a private concessions company to handle those negotiations, but vendors claim the fees the company suggested are outrageous.
In the letter, food vendors asked the city to take over who gets to purchase a food booth. They're also asking the city to set and collect parking fees during the Balloon Fiesta.
The following is part of a formal statement regarding the contract from the company that represents the Balloon Fiesta: