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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Boone County officials and some vendors say they are concerned the closing of the Central Missouri Events Center could hurt the region's economy.

The center, formerly known as the Boone County Fairground, will hold only a few events before closing shortly after Thanksgiving. The decision came after county voters in August soundly defeated a proposed eight-cent sales tax to support the center, other county parks and economic development.

What is Proposition EPIC?

Aug 5, 2014
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One of the propositions on Tuesday's ballot is Proposition EPIC, or the Economy, Parks and Investing in Community Proposition. It's an eighth of a cent sales tax in Boone County that would begin Jan. 1, 2015 and would end in 2020.

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The Boone County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday morning to put a one-eighth-cent sales tax on the August ballot that would benefit the Central Missouri Events Center, county parks and recreational facilities.

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As part of its regular meeting, the Boone County Commission held a second public hearing Tuesday night about renaming the Boone County Fairgrounds.