LR to Vote on Spending $100,000 at Fairgrounds

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The city of Little Rock wants to spend nearly $100,000 in sales tax dollars on improvements to the fairgrounds.

The general manager of the fairgrounds says the continued improvements are a must to keep attracting events to the venue.

The latest projects include a new wall on the perimeter of 1950's era Barton Coliseum.  Repairs were also made to a sewer line after it collapsed.  Finally, the air conditioning system in the administration building was replaced.
Price tag for the work was $95,000.

"In order to maintain a building and keep the integrity of it and entice people to come rent the facility, you have to maintain it," said Arkansas State Fair General Manager, Ralph Shoptaw.

The spending is part of a deal the city reached with the Arkansas Livestock Show Association two years ago to allocate sales tax dollars to improvements at the fairgrounds in order to keep the fair from leaving town.
Last year, $140,000 those dollars went to renovations inside the coliseum including a new basketball court, new seats and new restrooms.

The city board of directors is expected to vote on the spending at its meeting April 15th.

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