Commission Votes to Sue Catron

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

The Bowling Green City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to sue former Convention Center Board member Steve Catron in an effort to recover more than $700,000 in alleged over billing or misspent public funds.

Louisville attorney Gregg Hovious conducted an independent investigation into the Convention Center's finances and found that, with interest, Catron was responsible for $745,000 to be refunded to the city.

Hovious will represent the city in the Catron lawsuit, though he says the city has been contacted by Catron's attorney within the past couple of days, and the possibility of a settlement remains open.

"There are continuing negotiations with respect to the efforts by the city to recover some of the taxpayers' dollars," Hovious said.

There are other potential lawsuit defendants who are believed to owe the city Convention Center funds, but the commission voted to hold off on naming other defendants in hopes of reaching a settlement compromise.

Through a series of tolling agreements, the city will retain the right to add other parties to the Catron lawsuit later.


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