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May 27, 1996

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If there are 700 spaces rented at the fairgrounds for $25 to $30 each at the swap meet, do the taxpayers enjoy any of that money since we own the fairgrounds?

``Absolutely not,'' said Bill Bell, Douglas County's director of buildings and grounds.

Douglas County residents affiliated with the Antique Auto Club of America hosted the swap meet May 3 through 5 at the fairgrounds, and Bell said the sponsorship meets the county definition of an in-county, not-for-profit organization.

``Under our present guidelines, we can't charge them anything,'' Bell said.

County commissioners have begun to discuss rewriting their policy on the use of the fairgrounds. They have asked Bell to make recommendations on amending the fee structure and use of the property for events not sponsored by the county. Commissioners are expected to resume their discussion soon.

``We're one of the few counties that give it away,'' Bell said.

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