Organizers for all city festivals held on District land and those on the Mall face extensive user fees for the first time this year as the federal and local governments try to reduce expenditures.

The first festival to feel the pinch is the Latin American Festival, which is scheduled for July 28 and 29.

Organizers are facing a deadline of Monday to guarantee that they can raise $90,000 to pay for services required by the National Park Service.

The fees will cover the cost of many services formerly provided free, such as overtime police and maintenance work, standby ambulances, water fountains and fencing. The Red Cross is also charging for setting up first-aid stations.

"All festivals, large and small, block party or bigger, will have to contribute to the cost," said Sam Jordan, deputy director of the city's Office of Emergency Preparedness, which issues special permits.

Sandra Alley, spokeswoman for the National Park Service, said the service has warned organizers of all large festivals planned for the Mall that they will have to pick up the fees for the events. She said demonstrations, which are protected by the First Amendment, are not charged user fees.

"In the past we had a budget for unbudgeted events such as the festivals, but no more," she said. Events such as the Cherry Blossom Parade and the Fourth of July celebration are budgeted events, meaning they are paid for by the federal government.

The 20th Latin American Festival, formerly known as the Hispanic Festival, had been held in Adams-Morgan until 1989, when it was moved to the Mall. Organizers plan to continue to hold a one-day, smaller event in the neighborhood but have scheduled the parade and festival for the Mall.

Arturo Griffiths, president of the festival committee, said that this year, "It seems like everything costs, like equipment and stages. We never paid for these things before."

Griffiths said he is negotiating with the city to supply police and clean-up services for a concert at Marie Reed Learning Center on July 28 and for similar assistance on July 29, when a parade on Constitution Avenue will be followed by a festival with 200 vendors on the Washington Monument grounds.

Alley said the costs to the federal government for overtime pay plus equipment such as lighting towers, fencing and water fountains will be $90,000.

Among new costs the Latin American Festival faces this year is a fee of $50 an hour for each Red Cross first aid station. Kathleen Freeman, who represents Red Cross first aid services, said there were three stations at the festival last year. This year every unbudgeted event is being charged, she said.

As of February, the city's Emergency Ambulance Service charges $182.35 an hour for an ambulance and two emergency medical technicians, said Capt. Theodore Holmes, a spokesman.

He said he didn't know how many ambulances would be required on standby for the expected 300,000 visitors to the Latin American festival.

Griffiths will not have to pay for stages, tents and sound systems supplied by the city's Recreation Department because that department has yet to institute fees, said spokeswoman Marilyn Crawford.

Griffiths said the festival cannot go on without assistance from the District government.

Jordan said yesterday the District has not made a decision on what, if any, services it will offer.

"They are a very ambitious group with no money," he said. "They think the pot of gold is still there, but times have changed. We cannot do this year what we have done in the past."

Griffiths said he was unaware of the $90,000 price tag. He said he thought organizers had to raise $43,000, their costs last year. Then, he said, organizers came up with $11,000, the city contributed $23,000 plus services, and the Park Service made up the difference. Alley said the Monday deadline is firm.

Griffiths said he is hopeful the festival will go on as scheduled.

"Everything is different this year," he said. "No more of what we used to have. The luxury is over. It is ending. I never thought of {government services} as a luxury, but now we do."