NEW INFORMATION: County committee recommends spending $3,500,000 on Confluence Project

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A committee will recommend putting $3,500,000 in tax dollars toward the Confluence Project.

The Eau Claire County Committee on Administration made the decision by a 4-1 vote Tuesday evening. Committee member Bruce Willett was the only vote against the recommendation.

The recommendation now goes to the full Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors for a vote on January 21.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) --A committee is deciding whether to spend tax dollars on the Confluence Project.

On Tuesday, the Eau Claire County Committee on Administration was debating whether to approve a request to put $5,000,000 toward the project, or propose spending a different amount. Eau Claire County Board Chairman Gregg Moore says that, if an amount of money is passed at the meeting, a resolution will go to the Finance Committee on January 9. It will decide whether to recommend the resolution to the full Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors. The board would then put it to a vote on January 21. The project involves building a performing arts center, along with student housing and retail space where the Eau Claire River meets the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire.

Ben Richgruber from the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council says he's excited about the process moving forward. He went on to say that, if it gets less money that what is requested, it could scale back in size. We left messages with Mike Bollinger, chair of the Citizens Referendum Committee, but did not hear back.

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