Council president Tom DePietro spoke of an amended law being crafted by city attorney Andy Howard which would put all funds from the lodging tax under the control of the Common Council, eliminating the percentage of those funds now set aside for use by the Tourism Board. That amount currently is 50 percent of the first $250,000 of revenues from the lodging tax; 25 percent of the second $250,000; and 10 percent of revenues above $500,000--never to exceed $250,000 in any given year. DePietro noted that the proposed amendment would stipulate that "the Tourism Board needs to make a proposal to get any of the money." Rosenthal opined, "The Council is a better forum for allocating funds from the lodging tax." Not everyone may agree with that statement.
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