09/09/14 8:58 p.m.
At tonight’s appropriations committee meeting, Findlay city council members unanimously recommended that council reject the recent request from other organizations for anymore bed tax money.
The portion of the hotel/motel bed tax the city of Findlay receives has always gone into the city’s general fund, which this year is estimated to be $500,000, with the exception of 15 percent which is allocated for the Arts Partnership.
At the August 19 council meeting the Hancock Historical Museum approached council and asked for a portion of the tax revenue, which according some council members opened a can of worms.
Since the museum’s request, there have been requests or inquiries from many other organizations, such as the Women’s Resource Center, the Children’s Museum, the Salvation Army, YMCA, Chopin Hall and a church.
Councilman Randy Van Dyne said the amount of work needed to create criteria, policies and procedures for the distribution of the money would be extensive.
Audio: <a href=”http://wfin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/zz-van-dyne.mp3″>Randy Van Dyne</a>
Councilmembers suggested a number of other sources, such as the Convention and Visitors Bureau and Community Foundation, that give money to non-profits for programs that bring people to Findlay.
Audio: <a href=”http://wfin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/zz-rasmussen.mp3″>Don Rasmussen</a>
Law director Don Rasmussen was one of many who brought up that while some of the organizations that inquired about the tax revenue distribution are non-profits, not all of them bring visitors to Findlay who utilize the hotels and do not generate bed tax revenue.
Though the committee agreed no other requests should be accepted, they did say they would fulfill their three-year, 15 percent commitment to the Arts Partnership, which is effective until 2017.
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