The Jefferson City Council voted last night to move forward with two proposals for a new convention center, effectively putting off making a decision on which plan to choose.
The council plans to spend more than $9 million on the new convention center, but Fourth Ward City Council member Carrie Carroll said neither proposal is up to par. She was one of the four council members in the minority that voted against moving forward with both.
The issue of whether or not to build a convention center in Jefferson City with taxpayer funds has been a contentious one. At a public forum Monday hosted by the Jefferson City council, there was debate over proposed locations and whether or not the city should fund the project. The expected cost of over $9 million dollars is to come from existing lodging tax revenue.