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Officials Forming Interlocal Agreement For Bloomington's Convention Center Expansion

Monroe County convention center meeting

City and county legal staff will work on a revised draft of the interlocal agreement for officials to vote on February 10th. (Joe Hren, WFIU/WTIU News)

Bloomington city and county leaders are working on an interlocal agreement as the next step in the Monroe Convention Center expansion and renovation project.

Members met Monday night at the courthouse to hash out the latest agreement on how the different government bodies will work together in moving the process along.

READ MORE: City, County Inch Closer To CIB Agreement For Convention Center

The agreement includes formal language on forming the Capital Improvement Board (CIB), which will manage the construction and operation of the center, and appointments to the Convention Visitors Commission (CVC), which oversees the Innkeepers Tax revenue.

It also spells out budget processes, deadlines and land use. The city and county own land reserved for the convention center expansion surrounding the current location.

Bloomington Deputy Mayor Mick Renneisen says all of the land paid for by the Innkeepers Tax should be overseen by the CIB once it takes over the process. 

Monroe County Commissioner Lee Jones says a timeframe is needed for unused land under the CIB.

 “I don’t think it makes sense that this is going to sit here forever because maybe, sometime in the future something will come up.”

READ MORE: Can The City And County Work Together On Convention Center Project?

Renneisen says putting all the land under the CIB is the county’s contribution to the project as part of equal representation between the city and county. He says the city’s contribution is their portion of the food and beverage tax.

“We are putting the portion, all of it that we have. We’re not saying let’s take part of the $44 million and hold it over here because we might want to use it for something else.”

Legal staff says that the land use policy should be narrow and precise with additional land added as needed.

City and county legal staff will work on a revised draft on the interlocal agreement for officials to vote and implement February 10th.

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