City announces grant cycle for hotel/motel tax funds

The Jefferson city council’s hotel/motel tax committee announced a grant deadline and made applications available this week for the tax revenue, after already approving three disbursements of this year’s funds. The money is earmarked for promotion of tourism in Jefferson.

According to a city press release, about $35,000 is available for projects/events that promote and encourage tourism and convention business in Jefferson. Applications and the grant criteria are available here, on the city website, or at city hall. Applications are due by Oct. 2 at 5 pm

Per the council’s policy, funds from the voter-approved 1-cent tax on lodging are to be paid only after the end of a fiscal year so that a complete accounting of the available funds can be made. Last fall the council approved $25,000 in allocations from FY 2016 revenue.

However, the council has already okayed use of the money.

The city council in March awarded $5,000 to Jefferson Matters: Main Street for a signage study. In April the council approved spending $550 in hotel/motel tax money for a music license for the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower. The council okayed $3,000 to the Lincoln Highway Association for signage at the city’s east entrance on Lincoln Way at the July 25 council meeting.


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