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Visit Eau Claire announces support for Confluence Project

In a statement Wednesday, Community for the Confluence said that Eau Claire County would realize another $140,000 in sales tax in the first year that the arts center is open.  The group went on to say that the county could also gain more than $750,000 in additional property tax revenue from the Confluence Project after five years.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Visit Eau Claire has officially announced its support for Eau Claire's Confluence Project.

At an event Wednesday morning, it said it is supportive of relocating its offices there. In addition, it is willing to contribute up to $50,000 per year for the agreed upon 5,000 feet of visitor center space. Visit Eau Claire says it will also also allocate a minimum of $25,000 per year for an initial three years for a marketing campaign once the performing arts center opens. The organization says it believes the Confluence Project will foster growth in the city and county.

Meanwhile, the Confluence Referendum Committee has been gathering signatures in an effort to force a referendum on the city's funding for the Confluence Project. It needs more than 3,600 signatures. Chairman Mike Bollinger says they have already collected several signatures but did not have an exact count. Bollinger says he's not surprised by the announcement from Visit Eau Claire since it is funded by the city. He called the move "anti-climactic."

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