Tourism funding issues back before Glenwood City Council
Glenwood Springs City Council will reconsider a proposal to redistribute the city’s tourism funds when it convenes its regular twice-monthly meeting tonight.
Last month, on a 3-3 vote with one council member absent, council rejected a budget resolution that would have taken money out of the tourism marketing budget and put it toward special events promotion.
Because of a negative balance carryover from 2009 in the city’s accommodations tax fund, plus a continuing drop in tax revenues this year, the city was only able to put $30,000 toward tourism promotion grants this year, compared to about $100,000 in past years.
The plan, in effect, would decrease both the marketing and grants budgets in increments equal to the drop in tax receipts.
Concerns were expressed about further impacting marketing efforts. However, the council left the door open to reconsider the fund redistribution.
Also on the table tonight will be a draft application form that will be used to seek members for the new city Tourism Board. The board was approved last month to replace the existing chamber board that now oversees tourism marketing.
Other matters to be discussed by City Council tonight include a request for funding for Access Roaring Fork after-school programs at Glenwood Middle School in 2011; an amendment to the Glenwood Meadows annexation and development agreement allowing rental housing to be used as credit toward the developer’s affordable housing requirement; and a request to support the Thompson Divide Coalition’s efforts to fight oil and gas development in the Thompson and Four Mile creek drainages.
City Council will also have a 4:30 p.m. work session to continue discussions on the Glenwood Comprehensive Plan update. The regular Council session begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St.
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