If you agree that it is time for transparency in the use of our hotel tax, we invite you to join us in asking the Lycoming County Commissioners to hold the Chamber of Commerce accountable for the use of this public tax money. Please SIGN ON here.
LYCOMING COUNTY CITIZENS FOR HOTEL TAX ACCOUNTABILITY
We are a bipartisan group of Lycoming County taxpayers concerned about the lack of transparency and accountability in the use of the hotel tax. These are public funds paid by visitors who stay in our hotels.
DID YOU KNOW ???
Since 2006, the Lycoming County Commissioners have turned over $6,205,602 in hotel tax monies to the local Chamber of Commerce. (Note: this figure does not include 2016 tax money.)
The Commissioners do not apply the same level of scrutiny to the oversight of hotel tax funds as they do with all other tax monies – effectively a double standard.
The Commissioners permit the unsupervised use of hotel tax monies and have not adequately questioned the $200,000 paid annually from these funds to Chamber members for part time work.
Chamber members are allowed to advertise and promote through the publicly funded Visitors Bureau free of charge. All other taxpayers are required to pay a fee for this service.
According to last year’s Visitors Bureau financial statement, “During 2015, the Organization [Chamber] granted $500,000 to help fund the Liberty Arena project in the Williamsport area.” (Note: Liberty Arena is a privately-owned, for-profit enterprise owned by Chamber members.)
If you agree that it is time for transparency in the use of our hotel tax, we invite you to join us in asking the Lycoming County Commissioners to hold the Chamber of Commerce accountable for the use of this public tax money.
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