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Deadline set for hotel/motel tax grants

March 20, 2009
The Daily Freeman Journal

The Webster City Hotel/Motel Tax Board announced the deadlines for the upcoming round of grant applications at its meeting Thursday. Applications for funding are due Friday, May 1, at the City Clerk's office. Applicants for funds need to explain how their business or organization brings visitors to Webster City and enhances the community's image.

The board will meet on Tuesday, May 12, to discuss the applications and select the finalists. The finalists will then have an opportunity to give a televised presentation on Tuesday, May 26. The board will make its recommendations for funding to the city council on June 15.

One of the issues discussed at Thursday's meeting was evaluating how previous grant recipients have spent the funds awarded to them. Currently, the board holds 10 percent of money awarded until the grant recipient turns in a final written report detailing how the money was spent. Commission member Brian Stroner said he would like to see something more than a written report.

"I want to see what they've done with the money," said Stroner. "Someone who is knew to the board would like to know if a previous recipient didn't fulfill their goals but got the money anyway. That might affect the projects that get funding in the future."

City Manager Ed Sadler said that having past recipients present what they've done would be good for both the board and the public.

"The recipients could give a final presentation where they get up and say, 'These are the things paid for by the hotel/motel tax,'" said Sadler.

The board agreed to give grant recipients from the fall of 2008 an opportunity to present what they have accomplished with the tax money at the televised presentations on May 26.

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