The City Council voted to give the financially struggling Spirit Mountain $235,000on Monday night, though the decision stimulates calls for discussions about the local ski hill’s financial sustainability. A handful of residents urged council members to approve the spending, displaying Spirit Mountain as an economic asset for the tourism industry and a beloved park of the locals which holds years of memories.
The City Council has voted 8-1 to fulfill the ski hill’s request. They will use excess tourism tax dollars that were not for other projects. Spirit Mountain last season’s net loss was estimated at more than $500,000. Executive Director Brandy Ream told that the mountain would close without a cash infusion of $235,000 to cover the losses.
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