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Davis County Commission Chairman Brett Millburn sees a symbiotic relationship between restaurants that pay tourism taxes and the institutions receiving the revenue.

"Part of the success of the [Davis County] Conference Center has been the increase in the number of restaurants in the area surrounding the conference center," Millburn said. "They wouldn't have been there without the conference center."

The conference center, in turn, might not be there if restaurant tax revenues weren't available to help pay off the bonds that funded its construction.

County officials also will use about $1.78 million of its tourism-tax dollars this year to support the Davis County Fairpark and Legacy Center; $897,000 for its convention and visitors bureau; $239,000 on the South Davis Recreation Center; and $171,000 for the Legacy Events Center in Centerville.

Fairpark spokesman Mike Moake said the park draws large numbers of people from outside Davis County — and out of state.

- Donald W. Meyers