Mary Miltenberger said in the paper today that the city is keeping $190,000 of the $249,000 it received in hotel/motel tax money. The rest went to various tourism groups like the railroad and arts, etc. Where does this money go? I feel it needs to used for tourism. I don't agree with Mary's politics a whole lot, but she has a point here. Also, what happened to Jeffry Grogg?
The number from the FY15 budget is $230K. According to the T-N, the mayor and council disbursed almost $59K of that
, leaving $171K.
I believe that in the past, some of that money has gone towards police overtime for events and things like that. Whether that accounts for all of the balance, I don't know. Perhaps one of our council members will inform us...?
I'd personally put public safety and infrastructure ahead of the tourist railroads and arts councils and basketball tournaments. You know what else tourists like? Well-policed places with streets that are in good repair.
I don't care where the money came from - that doesn't give anyone a claim on it. Do we take the money that CSX pays in taxes and give it back to them via a "Railroad Fund"? What about Queen City Motors, or Gianni's, or even you and me? Where's our fund?