LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
“We don’t have an existing restaurant tax yet,” Troy House said. “So we don’t have to max it out, if that’s what we decide to go with.”
Judy Barnett supported House’s comment by stating that if the commission decides to enact a restaurant tax they can make it two or two and a half percent.
“The most important thing is that, if we start adding taxes, we had better have something to show for it,” Barnett said. “People are going to want to know what they’re paying for. They need to be getting the biggest bang possible for their buck.”
By the recommendation of several members, including Handy, the commission decided to hold off on establishing any type of taxes.
“Wherever we get our money, it can only be used for tourism,” Dezarn said. “The city voted for our commission, but this commission won’t work without a director.”
“Let’s look at other cities in our area and see how these places run their tourism commissions,” Handy said. “Once we have a better idea of how these things are run, we can move forward with making a budget and hiring a director.”
Commission members agreed that between Wednesday and their next meeting they would do research and find out exactly how much funding they will need to operate, have an idea of their budget and will have a list of qualifications they want their potential director to meet.
The tourism commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each at City Hall. Their next meeting will be Jan. 20, 2014.