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Tourism Tax Issues

Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Tourism Expenses & Budget
Budget as adopted by the Tourism Board on 10/14/99
Expenses as reported to the Tourism Board on 8/17/00

Fund Sources (revenue) FY 99 Budget FY 99 Actual YTD
as of July 2000
My Comments
Beginning Balance $0.00 $23,106.32 Budget omits carryover
Lodging Tax Revenue $54,000.00 $47,147.84
Other Revenue $0.00 $1,875.87 Listed as "tourism brochure", possibly from co-op marketing funds?
Total Available $54,000.00 $72,130.03 $77,106.32 budget if carryover included
Fund Uses (expenses)
Personnel (wages) $27,280.00 $20,134.32 $15,826 for Director, $4,308 for part time receptionist
Benefits (medical) $1,500.00 $901.14
Employer Expense $3,000.00   FICA, etc. Can't determine actual since this category not broken out on P&L statement
Chamber Programs $10,800.00   Not reported, although it would be $9,429.57 based on income to date. This is the 20% allocated to the Chamber, without a specific legal justification as to how it supports "tourism."
Tourism Promotions $8,000.00 $232.16 State law requires that the room tax be used for the promotion of tourism. It seems to be pretty loosely applied here.
Tourism Brochure $2,000.00 $7,952.00 Combining "Promotion" & "Brochure" brings actual promotion to $8,184.16 vs $10,000 allocated.
Phone Lines $100.00 $266.27 For 800 number
Computer Hardware/software $1,320.00 $4,534.61 Must have bought a "cadillac" system for this money.
Supplies $0.00 $2,625.70 Something else left out of the budget. Was it originally assumed that this would come out of the 20% for "Chamber Programs"?
Travel Cost $0.00 $0.00 Not reported, although I know the Tourism Director has made some trips.
Miscellaneous Costs $0.00 $4,828.66 This includes:
$1198 for utilities (shouldn't this have come out of the 20% off the top that the Chamber gets?)
$960 for postage
$2668 for "other" - whatever that is. Why not account for 5% of their total budget?
Total Uses (expenses) $54,000.00 $41,474.86 $13,000 under budget with 2 months to go - or are they? See below.
Fund Balance (they call it "net income") $0.00 $7,548.86 Actually, it's $30,655.17, including carry-over funds from last year.
Or it could be -$1,880.72 current profit if the "Chamber Programs" are taken into account.
Or it could be $21,223.59 actual fund balance. Who knows?

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