8/19/14 9:15 p.m.
The City of Findlay is projected to receive around $500,000 from the hotel/motel bed tax this year, and a few local organizations are seeking a portion of that revenue.
Sarah Sisser, executive director of the Hancock Historical Museum, asked City Council at last night’s meeting to consider donating 10 percent of that tax revenue stream to the museum for the next three years. Currently the museum is run by two full-time staff members, but would use the funding to hire a third to oversee administrative duties and event planning.
The Hancock Historical Museum draws a number of out-of-county visitors to its event, such as the Barn Quilt Tour and the Annual Back Street Festival. Sisser said the museum sees about 13,000 guests per year, 32 percent of those from outside Hancock County.
Sisser said the impact of these out-of-county guests directly benefits the hotel/motel tax, about $500,000 of which is funnelled into the City of Findlay’s general fund. Sisser mentioned the Oxley Government Center opening in July alone generated more than $60,000 for the community outside of the museum.
Because of this, the museum asked City Council to consider donating 10 percent of the tax to the museum for the next three years. The only other organization that currently benefits from the tax is the Arts Partnership, which receives 15 percent of the tax.
No action was taken on the matter last night. Council is expected to review the request at their 2015 budget meeting in November.
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