Flying Lark sale could start permanent fund for county fairgrounds

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore.– The Josephine County Board of Commissioners is considering using the funds from the Flying Lark sale to fund the county fairgrounds.

The board of commissioners¬†had a first reading of an ordinance to create a permanent fund for the fairgrounds at this week’s meeting.

The permanent fund would have a minimum value of $9 million under the ordinance.

The money would be used for any operations or project within the fairgrounds.

Josephine County Commissioner John West said, “they can borrow out of it, the fairgrounds. But every time it’s borrowed against, they have to pay it back before they can borrow against it again.”

West said he supports the creation of the fund using the proceeds from the Flying Lark sale, which will be around $9.5 million.

He said the fairgrounds board has already presented an amphitheater construction project that could start if the ordinance is passed.

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Former NBC5 News reporter Derek Strom is from Renton, Washington. He recently graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University with a degree in Broadcast News and a minor in Sports Management. He played in the drumline with the WSU marching band. These days, he plays the guitar and piano. Derek is a devoted fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Kraken.
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