Among the Warren County supervisors reviewing occupancy tax grant applications Dec. 10 were (clockwise, from left): Edna Frasier of Hague, Dennis Dickinson of Lake George, Bill Kenny of Glens Falls and Ralph Bentley of Horicon. (Not pictured): ,Gene Merlino of Lake Luzerne, Mark Westcott of Queensbury and Ron Conover of Bolton.
Photo by Thom Randall.
continued In divvying up the occupancy tax money Dec. 10, county leaders allocated a total of $391,500 to help bankroll local events that are expected to bring overnight visitors into the area.
A committee of a half-dozen county supervisors took several hours to decide on the sum for each sponsoring organization.
Requests submitted approached $700,000, and the supervisors determined the grant sums in two rounds of consideration, amending a subcommittee’s initial recommendations.
Major events receive support
Two of the county’s five major events in terms of overnight overnight stays — Americade motorcycle rally and the Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival, received $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.
Two other main events had their funding reduced —the state high school boys basketball championship tournament received a grant of $30,500, or $2,500 less than their request to match last year’s level. The Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce was awarded $19,000 for their World’s Largest Garage Sale event, a reduction of $1,000 due to their 2012 sale operating $400 under budget.
The Adirondack Nationals Car Show, which annually attracts capacity crowds to Lake George for two days, received $27,500, an increase of $2,500 over 2012 to help bankroll their 25th annual show in 2013.
Centurion Cycling, which received $20,000 last year, had their $15,000 request reduced to a grant of $11,500, because the group had a carryover of funds from last-year’s bicycle event, downsized after their 2012 request was made.
The Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association convention, funded with $20,000 or more in the past, was granted $17,500 despite a request for $40,000 and a claim that the group’s massive parades and conventions generate 10,500 “bed nights” in the area. The group is going to hold a convention in Queensbury rather than Lake George as has been traditional.
New appropriations slated
The Hyde Collection was granted $18,500 to help publicize their new exhibit, “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe & Lake George,” which is expected to draw people from around the world, generating a predicted 5,050 bed nights.