Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Lodging Tax Dollars at Work

The law that created Hudson's short-term lodging tax and also created a Tourism Board, empowered to "take all steps it determines desirable, necessary and proper to market the City of Hudson as a destination for overnight and day-trip visitors." The law also allocated a percentage of the revenue from the lodging tax to be used by the Tourism Board in the fulfillment of its mission. In January 2020, the Common Council amended Section 275 Article VIII of the city code to defund the Tourism Board and direct all revenues from the lodging tax into the general fund, but the Tourism Board still has an estimated $435,000 to use at its discretion, with the approval of the Common Council.

The original Tourism Board understood its task as trying to figure out how Hudson could perpetuate itself as a destination of interest to travel and leisure journalists and to travelers. The effort to hire a consultant to help craft a strategy for marketing Hudson encountered stiff opposition from members of the community and the Common Council. Now, a new Tourism Board, reconstituted at the beginning of 2020, is redefining its mission and doling out the $435,000 in grants to community events and projects--much in the way that the Common Council Arts, Entertainment and Tourism Committee used to with $20,000 or $25,000 back in the day.

On July 1, the Common Council approved grants totaling $63,625. On Monday, July 13, the Council approved a second round of grants totaling $66,800. So far, the total amount awarded to the projects listed below is $130,425. The Tourism Board still has $300,000 to go. Click on the name of the recipient in the list below to see the proposal for the event or project to be funded.

8 comments:

  1. $15k to a restaurant to promote its brand?! Common sense and any appreciation for the value of tax payer dollars have been completely excised from the Council and the Tourism Board. Are there no grown-ups in City Hall?

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    2. Good Grief are you ever happy?

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  2. DADDY is the government,and Hudsons Common Council are its children. does anybody realize what has happened to the finances of the people of the STATE, the CITY, and the USA ? is this the way ti was in the summer of 1929 ?? i wonder.

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  3. Lil Debs Oasis. This is the new Hudson. What a scam ,talk about inclusion community who do this grant ostersize. Me & you John for sure.

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  4. Instead of offering takeout/curbside like so many of our restaurants have done to bring in some money Lil Deb's just holds their hands out and the city gives them money. For what? A dance party?! This is wrong and the city should be ashamed. I would say Lil Deb's should be too but clearly they have no shame (or pride, which is what the dance party is supposed to be celebrating oddly enough). I have to agree with JKF and mbd - what a scam!

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  5. It's so very sad that Lil Deb's hasn't been able to" bring queer performance out of [their] space," as they claim in the proposal. I can't stop weeping for all those queer performers holed up in that pricey restaurant with nowhere to perform. BOO HOO! (They must eat pretty well, though, don't you think?) Give them the money so they can be LIBERATED! Everyone in Hudson is waiting for their public performances, everyone is talking about it, we are so desperate for queer pop up fun! Hallelujiah! Don't use the money for something worthwhile in this pandemic -- now that would be asking too much of City Hall, wouldn't it?

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  6. Lil Debs with their Defund the Police banner . Defund Lil Debs..I am tired of these to faced ego saturated liberals with their pontificating diatripe of bull,when they are only looking out for themselves. Anybody with a moral backbone should Boycott that joint.Or should I say Girlcott,that no P C either because it not gender neutral..

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