City offers explanation for Farmer’s Market rent hike

The city of Wichita Falls late Tuesday offered its take on the furor spawned by a rent hike at the downtown farmer’s market, which operates at a city-owned facility.

The hike prompted a petition drive by an association that represents vendors and an outpouring of social media criticism over the hike. The controversy is complicated by an alphabet soup of acronyms and varying interpretations of numbers.

In its own Facebook post, the city said it contracts the property to Downtown Wichita Falls Development (DWFD), a nonprofit organization, in exchange for $1 per year.

On April 19, members of the City Council voted unanimously and without debate for a new five-year lease arrangement with DWFD and in May the city authorized the nonprofit to sublet the property to the Wichita Falls Farmer’s Market Association (FMA), the group that represents the vendors.

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