(Columbus)—Community leaders are praising a plan that looks to overhaul the way the City’s portion of the hotel/motel bed tax is allocated in Columbus.   The proposal will increase funding for Experience Columbus, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and human services without raising the bed tax itself to create a permanent, sustainable funding stream for all three of these important sectors of the community.

The reallocation plan comes after more than a year of public meetings and a series of recommendations made to City leaders by the Funding Review and Advisory Committee, a group brought together by Council President Andrew J. Ginther and Mayor Michael B. Coleman to study current, future, and potential non-income tax revenue and the way the City funds economic development, human services, cultural arts and the promotion of travel and tourism.

“All three of these groups see the value in working together to come up with a funding plan that ensures the long term sustainability of each of their missions:  to grow our local economy, enrich the lives of our residents and visitors, and care for the most vulnerable in our community,” said Council President Ginther.

Letters from Experience Columbus, Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Human Services Chamber of Franklin County in support of the bed tax reallocation plan can be found by clicking on the links above.

For More Information:
John Ivanic, (614) 645-6798