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County’s Convention Center proposal to Yelm Council last night now usurped
Nisqually Tribe & Lacey talking a convention center there

“Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder says the Nisqually Tribe has interest in bringing
an entertainment/convention center/hotel-type development to n.e. Lacey.”
Credit: Rolf Boone, The Olympian

Story Highlights
* Last night, Commissioner Gary Edwards made a plea to the council for consideration,
* Thurston County Manager Ramiro Chavez presented the County’s proposal,
* The city had until July 25th to agree to participate or not, yet they rejected this,
* Would have added more taxes, on top of courthouse and jail renovations,
* Councilor Joe DePinto raised several issues on county’s demands to participate,
* Lack of information on the burden to Yelm taxpayers and other cities was cited.
* Now Nisqually Tribe and Lacey project could derail County proposal,
* “Who’s on First,” as county has mud in their face on this one!
* Don’t county and city officials share information of mutual benefit to the county?

– “Nisqually Tribe could bring convention center, concert venue and 2nd casino to Lacey”
“The Nisqually Tribe is considering building a convention center, hotel, concert venue and possibly a second casino in northeast Lacey.

And Lacey’s partnership with the Nisquallys on that project might derail a Thurston County Commission-proposed convention district that could ultimately serve to build a publicly funded convention center in the area.”

“The county is proposing putting a measure on the November ballot that would create a convention district and governing body that would submit a comprehensive plan for a convention center, including its finances, to the state, Chavez said.

The district could pursue a tax to fund and operate the center, such as a property tax levy of as much as 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, he said.

Voters would not only have to approve the formation of the district, they would have to approve that tax, Chavez said,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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– UPDATE: July 19, 2017
“Thurston County might build a convention center. But its 4 largest cities won’t help.”
By Amelia Dickson, The Olympian.
Read more

– UPDATE: July 22, 2017
“Convention center idea is way undercooked”
By The Olympian Editorial Board.
Read more

Posted by Steve on July 12, 2017 at 8:45 am | Permalink

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