Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tax Repeal Urged Unless Arena Backed Hotel-Room Revenue Should Go to Viable Project, Group Insists

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tax Repeal Urged Unless Arena Backed Hotel-Room Revenue Should Go to Viable Project, Group Insists

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The chairman of the St. Charles County Hotel-Motel Association says the county should repeal its tax on hotel rooms unless it will support construction of a 10,000-seat arena.

Rick Tomjanivic, hotel association chairman, said it's apparent the money will not be going to a convention center project and should be put into a viable project.

He said the decision by the city of St. Charles to abandon the idea of working with Station Casino St. Charles to build a convention center and hotel virtually kills the concept. St. Charles city officials decided Wednesday to abandon their four-year effort to work with Station Casino St. Charles to build a convention center and hotel near Interstate 70 and Fifth Street. Tomjanivic said hotel and motel operators would like the county to financially support efforts by O'Fallon businessman Frank Trulaske to build a $30 million, 10,000-seat arena on 100 acres just west of the Missouri River and a half-mile south of Interstate 70. Trulaske plans to have the facility completed by summer 1998 and has secured a commitment from Ray and Monte Miron, owners of the Central Hockey League, to establish a minor league hockey team in St. Charles in fall 1998. "They (the county agency) should do that and significantly reduce the motel tax or repeal the tax," said Tomjanivic, manager of the Budgetel Hotel on the northwest side of Interstate 70 and Fifth. In 1992, county voters approved a 5 percent tax on hotel rooms to finance the newly created St. Charles County Convention and Sports Authority. Authority members pledged to use the funds to finance development of a convention center and accompanying hotel. The county authority has collected more than $3 million, funds the authority is investing. But Don Boschert Jr., chairman of the convention and sports authority, said he is not convinced the St. …

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