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Wausau room tax dollars may fund sports authority


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau appears willing to take room tax money that it had dedicated to the Badger State Games and put it towards a regional sports authority.

The City Council will give final approval to the plan tonight when it votes on how to distribute room tax dollars this year.

The Council was ready in February to redistribute the money from the Badger State Games to other organizations. But the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau made a last-minute push to get Council members to reconsider the idea.

The city will pay for the sports authority for a year-and-a-half starting July 1. It will evaluate its options at the end of 2011. This year’s amount totals nearly $19,000.

City leaders were able to swing the funding because of better-than-expected room occupancy rates so far this year. The CVB also refunded $13,000 to the city for excess Badger State Games collections.

But while the CVB will get funding for the sports authority, other events and organizations, like the Balloon Rally and Jaycees Fourth of July, will get 35 percent less than last year’s contributions.