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Vail to talk about conference center money

Daily staff report
Vail CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – An update on the status of potential concepts for a ballot issue to reallocate monies from the Conference Center Fund will take place during the April 5 regular session of the Vail Town Council. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday and the topic is listed fourth on the agenda.

The council has been reviewing concepts for the $9.4 million fund.

The projects under consideration include a remodel of the Golf Clubhouse with the addition of an indoor/outdoor events pavilion, estimated at $6.8 million; a remodel and expansion of the Vail Village Visitor Center to support a state of the art welcome and heritage center, estimated at $4.8 million; and expansion of the recreational fields at Ford Park which would allow for the addition of one full-sized soccer field on the site, estimated at $4.5 million.

Also to be reviewed Tuesday is a sample ballot question, possible election dates, a public outreach schedule and a proposed refund methodology if a ballot question fails to win voter approval.

The Conference Center funds were collected following approval by voters in 2002 of a 1.5 percent lodging tax and a .5 percent sales tax for the purpose of building and operating a conference center. In 2005, voters rejected a second ballot issue that would have increased the lodging tax, killing the existing tax.

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