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July 19, 2010 at 1:19 PM

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New public facilities district to oversee state convention center

Posted by Keith Ervin

A new public facilities district will oversee the Washington State Convention Center under an ordinance passed unanimously Monday by the Metropolitan King County Council.

“This new structure for the Convention Center means the revenue generated by it goes right back into investments in the center, keeping it competitive,” Councilmember Jan Drago, prime sponsor of the measure, said in a statement.

The Legislature authorized creation of a new district earlier this year after hotel operators sued the state over the diversion of $87 million in Convention Center revenues to help balance the state’s budget in 2008 and 2009.

The public facilities district, which will replace an existing nonprofit corporation, will have the authority to fund expansion of the Convention Center with proceeds of the current excise tax on hotels and motels.

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