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December 16, 2013

LTCC holds second meeting

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The London Tourism and Convention Commission met Wednesday for their second official meeting since being established.

Commission Chairman Jason Handy opened the meeting with his thoughts on tourism.

“Tourism is the best industry there is, in my opinion,” Handy said.  “We get to welcome people and accommodate people. This commission is exciting for me.  I really look forward to seeing where this commission goes and what we are going to be doing.”

The commission then went on to appoint Sharon Cornelius as their treasurer.

“Depending on how you want to do this, you can have the City Clerk manage the checkbook and money,” City Attorney Larry Bryson explained.  “If you go that route, the treasurer would provide updates to the other commission members and would work hand-in-hand with the City Clerk.”

Byrson said the commission has more autonomy than other city organizations and will have complete say in where their money is spent . If the City Clerk is used to manage their accounts, it would only be in a book keeping capacity.

The commission decided that they needed more time to determine how they wanted to handle their funds and plan to have a set list of duties for Cornelius by their next meeting. 

The commission members then began discussing new business, which included where their funding will come from.

“If we don’t have a means of revenue, there’s no point in going any further with this,” Bill Dezarn said.  “I think the people that voted for this commission already had a means of revenue in mind.”

Handy then informed the commission that currently they have two options for funding: they can enact a one percent transient room tax with the hotels and motels within in the city limits or they can enact up to a three percent restaurant tax.

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