GBAD Approves $228,000 for Convention Bureau

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Following a year of rancor, an electoral shift and threats of dissolution, the Greater Boise Auditorium District turned the financial spigot back on this morning to the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau. The GBAD board had cut off funding to the the BCVB in the summer of 2010. Today's vote was 3-2, with Mike Fitzgerald, Hy Kloc and Gail May voting in favor of the $228,000 annual contract and Stephanie Astorquia and Judy Peavey-Derr voting against. The sum includes $208,000 cash for services, $10,000 for office equipment and $10,000 for supplies.

"I have a problem voting for an agreement which was just sent to us last evening," said Astorquia of the contract, which was the sixth draft sent to the GBAD board during negotiations. "I'm not prepared to vote on this today."

But Astorquia, in the minority, watched as the agreement was approved.

BCVB has kept its doors open, operating on little-to-no revenue since the July 2010 vote to cut off its funding.

"I also don't think we should be approving this while inappropriate threats of disolution were made in August," said Astorquia.

Citydesk reported on Aug. 11 that Fitzgerald had told his fellow board members that he had heard of threats to dissolve the auditorium district.

"I don't respond well to threats," Peavey-Derr told Citydesk at the time.

At today's GBAD meeting, the board also approved a new contract for legal services with the Boise firm of Givens Pursley. The board opted to replace its former legal counsel Wayne Meuleman of Meuleman Mollerup in July.

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