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December 20, 2013

Coming Saturday: City debates cost of tourism

TRAVERSE CITY — A growing debate over the toll that more frequent festivals and increased tourism takes on Traverse City's infrastructure has pushed noise and trash questions off the main stage.

Festival promoters and tourism officials oppose an increase in festival fees as arbitrary, and they question city officials' statements that more tourists and festivals translates to increased burden on local government. But city Commissioner Barbara Budros put it bluntly: Tourism is a drain on the city's infrastructure, from trash pickup to wear and tear on city streets, parks, and other services.

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