TDC discusses addition to bed tax

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM.

“I am against an increase across the board,” Pickett said, adding that the does not believe the county’s tourist corridor receives the services commensurate to the amount of its tax base, which represents roughly 38 percent of the entire county’s property tax collections.

“I’m against a long-term commitment via a tax.”

Board member Patty Fisher said the TDC budget committee should look at the TDC budget and examine if there was money to be moved toward the beach safety program.

Warriner summed up the discussion and asked for the TDC budget committee to meet next week with the full advisory board meeting after the first county budget meeting next week.

“We have had a growing budget,” Warriner said. “Maybe it is time to reprioritize. Maybe we don’t need the extra penny. If it is a short-term deal, maybe we can dip into savings. Adding a new program at this time of austerity may not be a good idea.

“We aren’t the only source of funds. It’s smart to look at other sources, such as (a state agency) grant. We have to be very focused on what (state law) says we can use the money on. Do we have a bad enough problem that it will impact our image?”



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