The York City man upset over fees for police coverage at a public basketball tournament said that a meeting with the mayor Thursday afternoon was productive, but he still needs to raise more than $6,000.
Wayne Scott, 28, applied for a special-event permit last week to host a basketball tournament at Penn Park in June. Known as the Trey and Boo Classic, the two-day tournament for adults is organized in memory of homicide victims Ca-trell "Trey" McCanic and Ricardo "Boo" Banks.
Through his nonprofit Helping Offer Options & Direction (HOOD), Scott started the tournament in 2011.
But city officials told him this year that he owes $6,300 for police coverage at last year's event, plus another $6,300 in advance of this year's event.
Scott said he couldn't afford that cost. The future of the tournament at risk, the situation set off a firestorm of reaction on social media from people upset about the city's position.
That led to a 1 p.m. meeting between Scott and Mayor Kim Bracey today.
Scott called the meeting "decent."
"She basically said that the fees from last year really can't be waived, but she's to willing to work out a payment plan," Scott said.
For the 2013 tournament, Scott said the mayor agreed to allow Scott to hire his own security team. Scott said he has "no idea" how much that will cost.
Bracey did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
As for last year's fee, Scott said he and the mayor discussed fundraising ideas, like a car wash. Scott said he's not 100 percent satisfied, but will fund raise if that's the only option.
"It's putting more extra work on top of what I already do," Scott said. "I'm not willing to just not do nothing and have the tournament not go on. It's more like what I've got to do."
Scott said he went to the meeting with a printed version of a petition signed online by 600 people in support of the tournament. He said the mayor acknowledged the community's backing.
"She knows that the tournament's big and she's not against it," Scott said.
He said he remains in touch with the American Civil Liberties Union, but they are not representing him at this point.
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