City disburses $72K in tourism funds

Iola City Council members approved tourism funds to be distributed to eight local organizations and celebrations in 2021.



June 29, 2021 - 10:18 AM

A scene from the 2017 Veteran's Day parade. Register file photo

At Monday night’s meeting, Iola officials approved about $72,000 to be distributed among eight local organizations and celebrations for 2021. 

The funds come from the 10% convention and tourism tax levied against local hotels and motels and short-stay accommodations.

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The Convention and Tourism Committee decides how the funds are to be disbursed. Beth Ann Turner, Roxanne Hutton, Carri Sailor, Dan Johnson and Lindsay Myers serve on the committee.

The allotments are:

Veterans Day Parade/Committee – $3,000;

Chamber of Commerce – $35,000;

Southwind Rail Trail maintenance – $1,500;

LeHigh Roots Festival – $3,000;

Community Involvement Task Force – $2,000;

Rotary Day in the Park BBQ Contest – $1,500;

The Iola Municipal Band – $6,500;

Insurance for the city’s trolley – $2,000, and the

Allen County Historical Society – $15,000-$20,000. (The society receives a set 25% of each year’s tourism tax)

COUNCIL members agreed to also fund Farm-City Days, which missed the deadline to apply for the funds.

The amount, expected in the neighborhood of $5,000, will be decided at Council’s next meeting.