BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana taxpayers will not be shelling out as much money to the Miss Universe organization.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne announced Thursday the Louisiana Office of Tourism is reducing the commitment to the 2015 Miss USA pageant by half.
The reduction is a result of a "significant" dip of people able to watch the pageant compared to the original numbers that were anticipated.
LOT had originally committed $50,000 to the Miss Universe organization for the exposure Louisiana would get from the pageant when it was supposed to be broadcast on NBC and Univision.
"The pageant was a tremendous success with a significant number of visitors from throughout the
nation spending 10 days exploring Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. We are grateful to Reelz
network for stepping in a providing a meaningful telecast that showcased our state," said Dardenne in a release Thursday. "At the same time we believe our payment must be reduced for it to be an appropriate
expenditure for taxpayers."
Louisiana Seafood is set to pay its $15,000 commitment to the pageant organization. Along with coverage during the broadcast, the group hosted several events for the Miss USA contestants before the pageant.
No word yet on Visit Baton Rouge's payment to the organization. No decision, which would ultimately come from the VBR board, has been made at this time.