Vote to use transient tax for the dome pavilion postponed

McCracken county leaders want more time before voting on whether to help pay for the dome’s relocation. The dome pavilion is used primarily for the quilt show- which is less than 4 months way.

The $1.6 million it costs to relocate is one part of a 10-year capital improvement plan for the Paducah McCracken County Convention Center Corporation. It sets aside $4.9 million in upgrades during the next decade.

In Monday’s fiscal court meeting, Judge Executive Bob Leeper said he needed more time to draft an ordinance to be able to vote on whether to use portions of the transient room tax for dome relocation costs and other improvements.

"Reading over the interlocal compact and I saw some language that troubled myself and the county attorney. He actually spotted it and brought it to us. I did not get a comfort level with that language in time to get an ordinance drafted to vote up or down," Leeper said.

Judge Leeper said he wants to make sure the wording provides the language necessary for a legal issuance of bonds. That’s required, to help cover dome relocation costs.

An ordinance with a recommendation should be ready by the next fiscal court meeting, but it looks like county commissioners like Bill Bartleman are okay with postponing it if they need more time.

“I want to make sure we have plenty of time to study what you’re recommending. There are a lot of issues involved in this a lot of side issues,” Bartleman said.

Bartleman talked about possibly having a workshop to go over Leeper’s recommendation before it came to vote if necessary.

If they vote no on using the transient tax to help with dome costs,  CC board chairman Brian Katz says they’d have to meet with the city and see what they’d want the board to do in terms of ownership.

The 2% transient room tax was added to hotel stays in 2000. Katz says by law, it can only be used for convention and tourism purposes.

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