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Wilson’s proposed Expo Center in limbo

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 11:08 PM

The recent failure in the state legislature of an increase in the county’s hotel/motel tax rate leaves proponents of a new Expo Center at the fairgrounds in “wait and see” mode.

Commissioner Jeff Joines said the hotel/motel tax was “part of it, but not all” in terms of funds. 

The county has also sent a private act to the state requesting the addition of a $1 fee on all tickets sold at the fairgrounds.

“You have a lot of things that go on at the Ag Center,” said Joines. “A lot of those things we’ve got out there now need a bigger place to meet. Hopefully if we get the Expo Center built, those events will come and the extra fee can help cover the expenses.”

Now, the county is waiting to hear the outcome on the $1 fee. It has not been addressed in committee as yet but Joines said Rep. Mark Pody, who carried both acts to the House, has said “he doesn’t foresee any problem with the $1 fee going through.

“I told somebody the other day that [the hotel/motel tax increase] is the first time the commission has sent one down that didn’t pass.”

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