THE Tamworth Netball Association was unable to get the council fees for an upcoming state carnival wiped.
But the council appeared open to changing its policy so it could offer more financial assistance to similar events in the future.
The netball association will host the state masters competition in town next month.
It is the first regional excursion for event in a number of years.
Previous editions have been held on the Central Coast.
The Tamworth organisers asked the council to wipe the fees associated with holding the comp at the sports dome.
The bill topped more than $7000.
At this week's council meeting, the councillors unanimously voted in favour of a 40 per cent discount, which was in line with the current event subsidy policy.
However, Glenn Inglis suggest the policy could be adjusted for similar requests in the future.
He said if an event could commit to the city for a number of consecutive years, it could warrant a bigger discount from the council.
"In these negotiations with applicants, perhaps we could work a model into what concession we give if they commit for a longer term," he said.
"For example, if you bring the carnival, festival or event to the city for the next three years, what concession could we offer."
The report councillors voted on estimated the carnival would only inject a little more than $178,000 into the Tamworth economy.
It also suggested the state carnival didn't qualify for a full fee waiver because it wouldn't bring upwards of $1 million to the economy.
The 40 per cent discount councillors voted for meant $3080 was knocked off the bill for the October netball carnival.