By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2020

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The amount Cheyenne Frontier Days will pay for police officers at the city’s largest event has been resolved after months of debate, city officials said.

The Cheyenne City Council voted 7-2 to approve a resolution Monday outlining that Cheyenne Frontier Days would eventually pay the city more than half the cost for the next five years, offsetting added law enforcement burdens caused by its event, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

Frontier Days is an outdoor rodeo and western festival in July that draws about 200,000 each year. Its website calls it the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and features competing professionals, behind-the-chutes tours, trick riding, a wild-horse race and other activities.

Last year, Frontier Days paid half for security the first time in the event’s history leaving the city properly policed, city officials said.

The resolution says Cheyenne will be paid $50,000 for 2020 and eventually $80,400 by 2024.

If future councils disagree with the funding agreement, they will have the power to rework the resolution, city officials said.

“It just came to a point where many council people decided this is the time that we need to get this issue off of our plate,” councilman Rocky Case said.

Councilman Pete Laybourn and Mayor Marian Orr were the only dissenting voters.

City officials have yet to determine where its share of the security cost will come from.

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