Monday, August 30, 2010

Boise Council Will Consider $10,000 for Mediating GBAD-BCVB Feud

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 5:27 PM

The financial divorce between the Greater Boise Auditorium District and the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau will be a topic of interest during Tuesday, Aug. 31's work session of the Boise City Council.

A last-minute item has been added to the agenda for the 4 p.m. meeting. Mayor Davie Bieter is asking for approval of a transfer of $10,000 from the Citywide Contingency account to be used to fund mediation services between GBAD and BCVB. The council will be asked to approve a change to the city's interim budget to move the funds.

GBAD voted 3-2 on July 22 to stop funding the BCVB effective Wednesday, Sept. 1. Bieter offered to step in to bring both parties "back to the table." But until Tuesday, the price tag of the mediation was unknown. In the request from the Mayor's Office, the mediation is described as "a mechanism for discussion on a possible path forward for the two organizations to continue their longstanding relationship."

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