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Tourism Lodging Tax
Index to Documents
new! 2013 Updates - based on City proposal to remove the CVB function from the Chamber. Documents are public record obtained from city or widely circulated Chamber letter. Please also See Core Documents and Financial Info for other 2013 updates.
See The Gadfly articles on my Libertarian Page. Several of these cover 'stealth' meetings of the Tourism Advisory Board.
Vote Results, 1998 Tourism tax election: The tax passed with 51.7% to 48.3% (674-630). Considering the money spent supporting it and the margin of passage in other cities, a 44 vote margin shows that Warrensburg doesn't trust its Chamber of Commerce. We'll be watching!
A member of the Chamber's tourism tax committee saw Sandra at the local PW store and told her that "your business will be harmed if this doesn't pass"! See Sandra's Response. Interestingly, our new Cottage opened in October 1998 and business turned out to be just great!
Background: On April 7, 1998, the residents of Warrensburg, voted on a 2.5% room tax to fund a Convention & Visitors Bureau. It is estimated that the tax will bring the city about $50,000 per year. The City proposed to contract with the Chamber of Commerce to administer the funds.
My Qualifications for discussing the issue: Owner/operator of Cedarcroft Farm Bed & Breakfast since 1988. Former member & Chair of the Tourism Committee of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce. Personally advocated passsage of the Division of Tourism funding plan through contact with legislators in 1993 & 1994. Served in various capacities on the board of Bed & Breakfast Inns of Missouri, a statewide professional and marketing organization; prepared cooperative marketing program requests for FY 96, 97, 98 & 99, managed BBIM's advertising and marketing program for those years.
Questions presented to the Mayor in December, 1997
Statement presented to the Warrensburg City Council, January 1998.
Letter to Editor Daily Star Journal, delivered 2/13/98 - never printed
Letter to Editor Warrensburg Gazette, delivered 2/13/98 and printed.
Sandra's Letter to the Editor, delivered 3/9/98, relating to the threat to our business she received from a tax supporter.