LINN COUNTY, Ore. — Business owners who claim they have not been paid after working during the Willamette Country Music Festival have reached out to law enforcement and the Oregon Attorneys General’s office for help as another government agency reports they also haven’t been paid.
Lebanon Fire District Chief Gordon Sletmoe said they sent an invoice to Willamette Country Music Concerts for $45,377 soon after the festival ended and still haven’t been paid.
“Originally they could not locate the invoice that we sent them, and we are certain that we did,” Sletmoe said. “We reissued the invoice. We’ve been in communication, and we haven’t seen any money yet.”
Sletmoe said over 50 first responders worked during this year’s festival in August and put in over 700 man hours combined. He said the late payment won’t impact their daily operations.
Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon said six vendors who worked during the festival selling goods have filed fraud complaints with his office against Willamette Country Music Concerts, and he said he’s expecting more businesses to come forward.
The festival also owes the Linn County Sheriff’s Office $78,000 dollars for security. Yon said he still thinks it’s appropriate for them to investigate the cases.
“At this point what we are doing is putting all the information together, and look at them individually, and I think we are going to objectively look at these and take them for what they are,” Yon said.
Meanwhile, officials with the Oregon Attorney General’s office said they’ve received multiple consumer complaints from vendors against Willamette Country Music Concerts. Officials are still reviewing the complaints to see if there is a basis for an investigation.
A spokeswoman for IMG, the company which owns Willamette Country Music Concerts, previously said they are assessing the finical situation and said there have been decisions made for the 2019 festival.