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Letter to the Editor: Use of facilities warrants yes vote [UPDATED]

Published 9:12am Friday, May 2, 2014 Updated 11:13am Friday, May 2, 2014

The Fergus Falls CVB is an active supporter of the upcoming Public School Facility Referendum.

Even though the project is scaled back considerably from its earlier versions, there are still components that increase the ability for the school — and Fergus Falls — to host more and larger events.

These events bring people from other communities to enjoy our town. While cheering on their kids or grandkids visitors are staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants, buying gas, groceries and spending money that helps keep the economic wheels turning.

As evidenced by the additional activity brought by the new school gym and the community arena, the addition of an eight-lane track (and accompanying pole vaulting area) are two elements that were holding Fergus Falls back.

We were unable to host conference-level track and field events.

Research indicates that when families travel here for sporting events they spend $219.65/day.

The March state hockey tournament hosted by the VFW brought nearly $80,000 in just one weekend.

The auditorium component of this project is also key to increased use (and safety) for the performing arts. Electrical, light boards and stage will all be replaced. In the past 16 months nearly 20 percent of the auditorium use was by non-school events.

The Fergus Falls Concert Association and other host organizations bring touring groups. Just last weekend the Luther College Band toured and performed there.

Last year when the old referendum expired, property taxes decreased 13.1 percent. This will be an increase of 1.23 percent or $8.82/year on a $100,000 home.

Be informed — get more information at www.otterfacilities.weebly.com. Please support the community and economic development by voting yes on May 13.

Don’t just agree and support in concept — get to the polls and cast your vote.

 

Jean Bowman

Fergus Falls CVB

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