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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.

— •Organizations may request increased funding for similar projects/events in subsequent years, however the organization must show that the event/project they are sponsoring is significantly improved or provides increased benefit to the community over previous years.

•If an organization is asking for additional funding for a previously funded project/event, they must include the earlier project/event budget showing how the awarded occupancy tax was used with the new application. If the former project is not complete by the current year’s due date, the organization must submit a status report along with projected expenses.

For 2013, the town of Johnsburg expects to have about $42,769 to spend on its 2013 occupancy tax funding for tourism-related projects, according to Cherie Ferguson, secretary to the Johnsburg supervisor. Of that, two-thirds ($28,513) would be allocated for the committee’s applications, and one-third ($14,256) would be allocated to the Town Board for “discretionary” spending.

Committee grants 2012

In 2012, the committee awarded the following occupancy tax grants:

•Business Alliance, $4,305, Cruise Nights;

•Wevertown Fire Company, $700, Haunted House fundraiser;

•North Country Hardship Fund, $1,250, Wayne Stock V;

•Our Town Theatre Group, $360, Seagle Music Colony performance;

•North Creek Farmers’ Market, $250, brunch fundraiser;

•North Creek Depot Museum, $1,000, Roosevelt wall;

•North Creek Depot Museum, $750, Rail Fair;

•Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce, $7,500, Adventure Festival;

•Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce, $1,500, Centurion bicycle touring event;

•Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce, $300, The Exchange opening;

•Johnsburg Fine Arts, $3,360, North Creek Mosaic Project;

•Business Alliance, $2,750, Music By the River concert series;

•and Dollars for Scholars, $500, Race the Train.

Discretionary spending 2012

In addition, the Johnsburg Town Board spent some of its 2012 occupancy tax as part of its discretionary spending. The 2012 awards were:

•$10,000, North Creek Business Alliance shuttle;

•$5,500, Fourth of July fireworks;

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