At a meeting Monday night, some members of the Winder City Council questioned Barrow County Chamber of Commerce director Tommy Jennings about how the chamber had been using city hotel tax money and hinted they might want to make a change.
In a longstanding arrangement, Winder’s council each year allocates to the chamber almost one-third of the revenues from the city’s hotel/motel tax. Overnight visitors pay a 7-percent local tax, with the city keeping the revenues from 5 percent of that tax and the chamber getting two percent. The chamber then gives back to the city nearly half of its $25,000 in annual proceeds to cover the rent of the depot building that it rents from the city. That leaves $13,000 in annual proceeds for the chamber to use on tourism activities, which is the stated purpose of the tax.
Councilman Bob Dixon, the liaison to the Winder Downtown Development Authority, raised the question of whether the city’s hotel/motel tax revenues would be better directed to the DDA to help fund a new full-time staff position rather than given to the chamber.
Jennings told the council Monday that the chamber also has been “active in working mostly behind the scenes in being concerned about downtown and the face of downtown.”
For the full story, see the Feb. 8 issue of the Barrow Journal.
so what it really means is someones family member needs a job... now if only we had some extra cash used to bring tourist and maybe for fouth of july funds and stuff being wasted on the tourist.... I know just where to get money so my second cousin doesnt have to be jobless!! the chamber of Commerce!!1 oh and who cares if they quit renting the depot just one more building vacant in downtown area!!! at least my cousin have a job!!!
What has the Chamber done to promote downtown tourism ever? The DDA would do a much better job at that. The Chamber is more like a private club that charges too much to be in it. Does it provide quality programs for the community? No -
Mainstreet Programs and Downtown Development Authorities have much better plans for using monies to attract tourist and help bring in revenues. Winder needs means to act on ideas and promote retail areas now. Chamber of commerce is too much talk and not enough action. Let them get their monies elsewhere and leave the Motel/Hotel taxes for the actual city to use.