EL CENTRO – With the first ever IV SCORE 250 race days away, Gary Wyatt, IC Intergovernmental Relations, asked the board to approve additional funding to cover additional costs occurred by the county in preparation for the race.
Earlier the board had provided $45,000 to fund the costs of public safety. Being the first time event, costs were estimated, not having previous experience and the $45,000 was an educated guess.
According to Wyatt, the charges incurred with the BLM took nearly the total budget.
Some of the unknowns the local organizing committee had to deal with included the level of participation from various law enforcement agencies, the needs to manage the event on private property, a closure plan adopted by BLM, a traffic plan that was finalized this week and numerous other factors that came to light after the Board’s previous decision.
The IV Score 250 county committee requested additional Off Highway Vehicle fund in the sum of $39,500 for the remaining costs of public safety and permitting.
The public safety organizations involved in this event will include the BLM, ICSO, CHP, El Centro PD, Border Patrol, IC Fire, Desert Security, IC Sheriff’s Explorers, Boy Scouts, and numerous volunteer groups.
The county is counting on the IV Score 250 race to showcase the valley as the off road capital and create new economic activity in the community.