EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Lane County Board of Commissioners will consider on Tuesday a staff recommendation that they maintain direct control over the cash-strapped Lane Events Center, commonly referred to as the county fairgrounds.
The Eugene Register-Guard reports that last year an events manager had requested more autonomy to run the center. He was terminated due to cost cutting. Another idea is to seek a private business to take over day-to-day operations, a direction at least one of the county commissioners had expressed an interest.
A review of possible governance models for the center conducted by staff and an outside consultant found that a slight tweak to the existing framework would be preferable to either of those alternatives.
The events center relies on a public subsidy -- revenues from a county room tax assessed with on hotel visitors -- to break even. It faces a growing backlog of repairs for its facilities.