The due date for BottleRocks’ final payment to the city of Napa came and went Thursday with no money exchanging hands.
Friday morning, Napa City Manager Mike Parness said BottleRock did not make good on the $106,730 that was due Thursday, but said BottleRock has been in communication with the city.
“We did receive a note from them acknowledging they received the invoice and asking for patience as they work some things out,” Parness said.
BottleRock was to reimburse taxpayers $369,518 for city services including police, fire and public works employees that were needed to make the event happen safely. BottleRock previously paid $262,789 — the application fee and 66 percent of the estimated costs for city services — leaving a debt of $106,729.
Parness said the city has not decided what course of action it will take if BottleRock does not pay up. There are administrative steps that could be taken, Parness said. He declined to elaborate.
If the city were to sue BottleRock for the balance, that would likely require action by the City Council, Parness said. Because it would be legal action, discussion would take place in closed session.
Though BottleRock was held on the state-owned Napa Valley Expo, it required a special event permit from the city because it closed streets and had the potential of significantly impacting city services. BottleRock began collaborating with the city in early 2013.
Because of the size of the event — the largest in the city’s history — and a slew of last-minute planning changes, the final permit was not issued until the day before the event began on May 8.
The debt to city taxpayers is one of numerous bills yet to be paid by BottleRock. Festival vendors have publicly claimed to be owed $2.5 million collectively. At least three of those creditors have sued BottleRock and its organizers.
At the final concert of the five-day event, festival founders Gabriel Meyers and Bob Vogt announced the event would be back in 2014 for a second run, from May 9 through May 11. Tickets are for sale on BottleRock’s website, but the festival has yet to sign a contract with the Napa Valley Expo or the city.
Expo CEO Joe Anderson said during a recent Expo Board meeting that a decision on a second year would depend on how BottleRock handles its mounting debt. The Expo is owed $311,000.
Mayor Jill Techel said there needs to be discussions before the city will sign off on BottleRock a second time.
The council will discuss BottleRock at an upcoming meeting but the conversation won’t likely be about the payment issue, Parness said. Following the event, the city asked for community feedback and held a public meeting to gather comments in case there is a second BottleRock.