AVON, Colo. (CBS4)– Residents in one small mountain town have decided not to spend more than a million dollars to restore an old barn. The Hahnewald Barn move and improvement plan had ignited a firestorm of controversy leading up to last night’s decision.

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The Avon Town Council elected to let voters decide with a survey, which was like a vote but not binding. It was an overwhelming “no” by a 9-to-1 margin. The debate over the funding for the barn became heated.

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Since residents didn’t approve the taxpayer-funded project, the barn may be torn down to make room for a water treatment plant expansion if the city can’t find another way to pay for it.

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