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Board weighs requests for hotel/motel tax, general funds

Thursday, March 13, 2014

On the agenda at the March 3 board meeting were two items for the consideration and potential action regarding the appropriate level of contributions from the general fund and from the hotel/motel tax fund. Both were in response to a number of requests from some high-profile upcoming events.

Village Administrator David Strohl outlined for board members funding requests to date for contributions from both funds along with staff recommendations. Where appropriate, he included reasoning behind the recommendations.

Of the nine requests, five were recommended to be fully funded as per the request. Two were for advertising requests that had been funded in the past but were recommended they be denied as not being “an effective use of the Village’s hotel/motel tax funds.”

Remaining requests were recommended for approval but at a lower dollar amount than was requested.

The most insightful comments to the board from Strohl came under the request from the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County for $10,000 from the general fund. The written comments clearly show Strohl’s philosophy for making the best use of the village’s tax funds.

Part of what Strohl wrote reads: “The Village’s contributions … (are) based on a mix of desiring to support regional efforts in a fair and equitable proportion to other contributors and potential contributors with seeking a return on our investment.”

Strohl went on to write that he expects “regular communication” from the EDC describing “what the organization is working on and achieving.”

Here is a breakdown of the first nine requests, along with village staff’s recommendation to the board:

  • Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County
    Approved for 2013/14: $10,000
    Requested for 2014/15: $10,000
    Recommended: $10,000
  • Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Approved for 2013/14: $60,000
    Requested for 2014/15: $65,000
    Recommended: $65,000
  • Decatur Forsyth Classic
    Approved for 2013/14: $50,000
    Requested for 2014/15: $50,000
    Recommended: $50,000
  • Decatur Celebration
    Approved for 2013/14: $5,000
    Requested for 2014/15: $5,000
    Recommended: $5,000
  • Herald & Review
    Approved for 2013/14: $2,000 (Getaway Guide); $1,000 (Farm Progress Show)
    Requested for 2014/15: $8,610
    Recommended: $0
  • Decatur Magazine (Official Decatur & Forsyth Visitor Guide)
    Approved for 2013/14: $3,000
    Requested for 2014/15: $5,980
    Recommended: $2,990
  • Decatur Magazine (2014 Blues in Central Park)
    Approved for 2013/14: N/A
    Requested for 2014/15: $1,500
    Recommended: $0
  • Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon
    Approved for 2013/14: N/A
    Requested for 2014/15: $2,500
    Recommended: $1,250
  • Chili Cookoff
    Approved for 2013/14: $2,000
    Requested for 2014/15: $2,000
    Recommended: $2,000

All trustees present voted yea to approve staff recommendations regarding requests for contributions from the two funds. Both motions carried.

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