Council Supports CIE Expenditure

Posted on 08 January 2013 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—The approach of 2013 brought forward some of the financial issues of the Central Iowa Expo, the Board that oversees the operation of the Central Iowa Expo site east of Boone.  The site, or fenced in area, is actually owned by Boone County.  As the site was built and improvements were made, sponsors were expected to added and operations were anticipated to generate enough income to pay back construction debt, the purchase of the land and continue the operation of the site in conjunction with the Farm Progress Show.  Well, that hasn’t exactly happened, but those serving on the Central Iowa Expo Board feel they are close to bring operations into the black.  The move will require some cash outlay from the Ames and Des Moines Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Boone’s Future and the City of Boone.  Council member Gary Nystrom is the city’s representative on the CIE Board.  Monday, Nystrom presented a request to the Council to consider spending $10,000 to help with this years operation.  The Council indicated there was support for the request, and formal action could be taken at the next regular meeting on January 21st.  The City had pledged $100,000 to Central Iowa Expo and that amount has been met through Hotel/Motel Tax funds in the amount of $20,000 a year for 5 years which ended last fiscal year.  Boone Mayor John Slight said on “Tuned In” on KWBG Tuesday that he felt continued support for CIE and the Farm Progress Show was important to the community.

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