Since 2002, the City has paid out about $218,000 to City employees, an amount it should have collected from private entities holding events in the City, according to Wiss & Co's audit of the City, filed on April 30th, 2009.
Consequently, during 2006, the City had to budget $78,303 "through a current fund appropriation to fund a portion of this amount."
The City doesn't collect the fire and police payments ahead of an event, say the auditors.
The report also attributes the problem partly to earlier years when records for the entities were not always inclusive of their contact information, and recent years when police have stayed at the events beyond the pre-agreed time causing invoice disputes.
Tha auditors suggested the City bill for these services in advance of the event and render refunds where appropriate.