Feds Were Supposed to Get Cut
Burning Man Promoters Stiff the BLM
By Dave Woodson
|Burning Man has burned the Bureau of Land Management for several thousand dollars in unpaid fees.|
owe us money and they haven't paid," Mike Bilbo of
the BLM's Winnemucca office said.
Bilbo estimated the Burning Man organization owes the BLM between $8,000 and $9,000. However, he said he could not put his finger on an exact amount because even the federal agency does not know how much revenue was collected during the three-day event held in the Black Rock Desert over Labor Day weekend.
"Normally what the permittee pays the government is three percent of the gross," Bilbo said. "So I need to find out, 'what was their official gross?'"
Bilbo said he had heard that there were about 7,000 official visitors at
the Burning Man event
this year. "So if they are paying $40 a pop, that is
a big bunch of money," he said.
to hear about,"
Bilbo said. He said that the agency was prepared to take
legal action against Burning Man.
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