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County Tourism Division Celebrates Improve in Guests and Lodging Tax – www.elizabethton.com

ROBERT SORRELL

With a portion of Carter County’s tax income in its pocket, the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce didn’t request extra funding within the subsequent county funds.

At its most up-to-date assembly, the Carter County Finances Committee voted to allocate $225,000 for the Chamber of Commerce for the brand new fiscal 12 months 2022-2023. The funds come solely from the housing tax.

Tourism receives a portion of its funding from the county’s housing taxes. The Carter County Housing Tax is presently set at 5% and revenue from it goes to the Carter County Clerk, the Carter County Trustee and the County Normal Fund. The funding then goes to tourism on the Chamber of Commerce. The housing tax was permitted by the state in Carter County in 1984 by personal act.

In accordance with the County CFO, between July 31, 2020 and June 30, 2021, housing tax income was $252,145.92. The info reveals that the Chamber of Commerce was paid a complete of $247,103.05. The distinction between the 2 quantities is the processing price paid to the county trustee.

The amount of cash the county receives from housing taxes and pays to the Home fluctuates each month. The info reveals that the quantity ranged from $46,871.62 paid to the Chamber in June 2021 to $10,076.64 in January 2021.

Carter County Tourism Director Luke Freeman beforehand appeared earlier than the County Finances Committee to supply members with an replace on the bureau, which is a part of the Chamber of Commerce. He confirmed that tourism just isn’t asking for added funding this 12 months.

In accordance with chief govt Pleasure McCray, the tourism division operates on separate monetary accounts than the Chamber.

“This funding is similar because it has been for no less than ten years,” McCray stated. “Tourism is utilizing this funding particularly to promote outdoors of our area for out of doors recreation, relocation, journey and common tourism actions. We’re additionally utilizing this funding to reinvest in native tasks that promote and are associated to tourism.”

McCray famous that tourism sponsored the Walnut Mountain driving path and parking space. Tourism additionally helped fund a brand new boat ramp at Lover’s Lane alongside the Watauga River. Tourism additionally sponsors native occasions equivalent to Lined Bridge Days and the 4th of July Fireworks in Elizabethton.

The manager director famous that again in February, she reached out to the fee to thank them for his or her earlier funding for the Elizabethton rink and stated they’d not be asking for added funding for the 2022 season.

“We have now had a long run relationship beneath our tourism contract with the county for a few years,” McCray stated. “It is the identical course of that we have all the time adopted and it is nice to have such a supportive relationship with the County Fee.”

McCray stated that if new alternatives come up, they may ask…

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