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By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

Those wishing to rent Veterans Memorial Hall for an event that includes alcohol - such as a wedding reception - will now have to put down a larger deposit than in previous years.

At Tuesday's Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting, the group decided to raise the deposit to $575, which is $450 dollars more than the previous fee of $125.

It is significantly less than the initial proposal of $1,000 and the second option of $750.

andquot;I have a hard time, after listening to several complaints, going to $750,andquot; District 3 Supervisor Mike Sullivan said of the secondary option. andquot;I, at this point, would be inclined to put it at $575,andquot; saying that it would be the same deposit as the Crescent City Cultural Center's.

The deposit was raised in the first place to offset the costs of cleanup. With the $125 deposit patrons would tend to leave their mess behind. But the higher fee would act as a deterrent and would pay for any costs the county might incur from cleaning the memorial hall themselves.

District 2 Supervisor Martha McClure said the higher deposit wouldn't have been such an issue if the county were able to accept credit cards.

andquot;One of the issues is that, as a county, we do not have the ability to take Master Card or Visa,andquot; McClure said. andquot;I think that could be helpful to people.andquot;

By accepting credit cards money would not actually be taken out of an account, she said. Rather, it would be held in such a way that would not affect renters finances - assuming they cleaned up after themselves.

Currently, the county is working on a way to accept credit card payments at any county office.

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