Summerville’s State Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee doled out money June 24 to support seven tourism entities.
Every year a portion of the state hotel tax is returned to Summerville for local use. The Tax Advisory Committee is responsible for choosing how to disperse that money. Any entity can apply for funds — as long as the entity is a non-profit that drives tourism in the town, said Dowm Hawley, who has served on the committee for two years.
“When we give the money we want to make sure it’s used for true tourism affiliation so we can see the profits coming back,” she said.
This year, Hawley said, the committee did not have a lot of money to distribute because last year the state overpaid the town and the state decided not to call it in. Last year the committee distributed $179,406.55. This year’s entities knew they were going to get a lot less because of the overpayment.
The committee had a total of $71,524.01 available for distribution. The total amount requested by the entities accumulated to $203,763.45.
The distributions were made as follows:
Flowertown Players - $2,930
Sculpture in the South - $2,500
Summerville Community Orchestra - $3,594.01
Summerville DREAM Tourism Advertising - $5,600
Summerville Family YMCA - $10,000
Summerville Jaycees - $900
Summerville Visitor Center (building payment) - $46,000
During the June 24 meeting, committee member Linda Shelbourne made a motion to approve the recommendations as submitted. Hawley seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
“Those checks will go out and we will not meet again until next year,” Hawley said. “And hopefully we’ll have more money next year.”
Hawley added that although the entities knew they were getting less money this year the reception was overall positive.
“Most of the entities’ representatives I know on a personal level,” she said.
“I spoke with most of them and everyone kind of knew what was coming and felt they were represented in a fair way with the money.”