Tuesday, January 7 2014, 09:50 PM MST
Battle Heats Up Over Convention Hotel Subsidy
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A fight is looming over whether Utah and local governments should grant a tax subsidy to help build a convention-sized hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams tells The Salt Lake Tribune he's bringing back the proposal back this month to the Utah Legislature, which already balked once.
Salt Lake City hosts the world's largest trade show for outdoor gear, and organizers say they need a hotel with up to 1,000 rooms to satisfy the crowds and keep the bi-annual expos from leaving Utah.
Opponents say a tax subsidy gives one hotel an unfair advantage. McAdams counters that a convention hotel would draw more business for all the city's major hotels. McAdams says an amenity-rich 1,000-room hotel is so expensive — about $335 million — no developer will build it without some government help.
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