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Warren County occupancy tax explained

Funds available for tourism-related projects

A couple and their child visit a vendor at the May 5, 2012 Adirondack Adventure Festival in North Creek, which was sponsored by the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce. The 2012 festival received $7,500 in Warren County occupancy tax money from the town of Johnsburg.

A couple and their child visit a vendor at the May 5, 2012 Adirondack Adventure Festival in North Creek, which was sponsored by the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce. The 2012 festival received $7,500 in Warren County occupancy tax money from the town of Johnsburg. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— On the county level, all applications for funding are judged by the Warren County Occupancy Tax Committee. Emphasis is placed on the following criteria:

•Number of nights generated

•Potential economic impact of the event

•Month that the event will take place

•Number of days the event will be held

•Number of years Warren County has contributed to the event

Funding for the 2013 projects is expected to be awarded this month.

Johnsburg program

In the town of Johnsburg, all applications for funding are judged by the Town of Johnsburg Occupancy Tax Committee. The newest committee members were appointed on Aug. 7 by the Town Board: Town Councilman Peter Olesheski, chairman; Mark Schmale, Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce Board president and employee of Whitewater Challengers; Richard Carlson; Trina Riedinger; and Bernadette Speach, executive director of the Tannery Pond Community Center. The committee ranks each application based on a set of criteria.

Town applications for the 2013 projects were due Oct. 31, and funding was awarded Dec. 4 (see page 2 for the 2013 grants). The committee makes recommendations, and the Town Board makes final approval.

“In Johnsburg, we started out as best we could to use it for purposes of promotion of the town, heads in beds, however you want to phrase it,” Supervisor Vanselow said.

Applicants may be:

•A community non-profit or service organization;

•A business group which promotes an entire category of businesses or all businesses in the community;

•A group of community-minded folks with a worthy idea.

Below are some of the town’s occupancy tax application rules.

•Projects should promote and attract tourism in the Town of Johnsburg.

•Operational costs cannot be covered by occupancy tax funding (salaries, overhead, etc.).

•Projects must be all-inclusive of the community.

•Funding may only be granted for the same request up to four times and each year the same request will be diminished by 25 percent.

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