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SALT LAKE CITY -- Sundance says that one week in January generates $92 million for Utah, and it would be nice to get $1.5 million back to keep the size and scope of the festival the same.
Sarah West, the Utah Community Development Director for Sundance, says, "We would invite the state of Utah to invest in the festival, so it can keep on generating the economic impact that it has for the state for the past 25 years."
Sarah West says they don't want to leave Utah, but they are at a point where some business decisions will have to be made.
She says, "It was never a request, it was more of an invitation to have a conversation."
The Utah Taxpayers Association says it is not ready to weigh in yet; the Deseret News reports that a Governor's Office of Economic Development and Tourism Board member says this will be a difficult year in the Legislature to get that kind of money.