CALISTOGA — The Enchanted Resorts–backed campaign in favor of Measure C continues to vastly outspend opponents of the project.
According to campaign finance reports filed last week, Enchanted Resorts, Inc. has contributed $123,000 during the calendar year to the campaign supporting the March 5 ballot initiative, including $62,000 during the most recent four-week filing period.
During the same period of Jan. 20 through Feb. 16, the campaign spent $55,590 on campaign literature, consultants and other services.
The campaign was left with $50,483 in cash on hand, with $24,933 in unpaid bills.
The committee opposing Measure C, known as Save Our Small Calistoga, raised just $3,699 in the same four-week period. Donors included Robert Hitchcock ($1,000), retired Diamond Mountain grower Norm Kiken ($1,000), George Caloyannidis and Christine Tittel ($1,000) and Lisa and Matthew Chanoff ($500).
Opponents have spent $2,401 this year, primarily on campaign literature.
The Enchanted Resorts project consists of a 110-room resort on a wooded hillside near the intersection of Highway 29, Foothill Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue. The resort would feature a spa, ballroom, restaurants, 20 fractional-ownership houses, and building sites for up to 13 private houses.
The City Council approved the Enchanted Resorts project in August, but opponents gathered enough signatures to put the project on the ballot.
Project manager Aaron Harkin has said that the Measure C campaign will be cheaper than November’s Measure B campaign, when the Colorado-based Bald Mountain Development spent at least $250,000 in support of a ballot measure approving the redevelopment of the Silver Rose Inn. Measure B passed 1,079-781 votes, or about 58-42 percent.
Former Editor Sean Scully contributed to this article.