Published On: Wed, May 24th, 2017

Lodging tax grant funds will help purchase new sign

COLERIDGE — Several area communities and organizations are benefitting from Cedar County’s lodging tax.
The Cedar County Tourism board approved six grants at their April 19 meeting for a series of community projects designed to bring people into the county’s different communities.
Utilizing the three percent lodging tax at the county’s motels and camp grounds, the board was able to raise money to disburse in the form of two different grants. The first one, the Brick and Mortar grant, gives $2,500 toward physical projects such as veterans memorials and community signs. The other is the Advertising and Promotion grant, which will provide the city of Randolph $300 to advertise its community fair.
Gary Howey, the chairman of the tourism board, said they collected $40,016.99 in lodging taxes last year to be used for the grants. They approved five Brick and Mortar grant proposals and one Advertising and Promotion proposal. The money will go toward projects in Coleridge, Crofton, Hartington, Randolph and Wynot.
“We try to disperse funds to all communities,” Howey said.

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