Record income from the county’s 3 percent lodging tax in 2016 translated into more money for the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau’s activities.
Diana Thompson, the bureau’s executive director, outlined the bureau’s financial report during a meeting with the county commissioners Feb. 28.
Income from the lodging tax is the primary source of income for the bureau. Last year, the tax totaled $438,678, up from $419,728 the previous year.
Thompson also reported the bureau last year brought in $455,300 and spent $469,224, with approval of its board. The difference was made up from bureau reserve funds.
Among expenses was a sports venues audit conducted by the National Association of Sports Commissions. The cost was $22,000. “We learned so many things from that. We felt it was worth it,” Thompson said.
She also provided a brief review of 2016 bureau activities and preview of 2017.
This year’s activities will include move to Troy from Darke County of the Tour de Donut bicycle ride and placing three historical markers in Fletcher, Piqua and Covington recognizing stops of the Lincoln funeral train through the county.
In other business last week, the commissioners approved a new agreement with Justice AV Solutions (JAVS) for 13 audio video recording systems primarily in the courts located in the Safety Building and Courthouse along with video conferencing equipment for the jail and Incarceration Facility.
The cost per year is $64,462 and the contract is for five years.
Also approved by the commission was an agreement with DLZ Ohio Inc. of
Columbus to conduct a bridge load-rating project for the county engineer’s office for up to $11,328.
The commission also:
- Approved a local match of $65,440 for the county prosecutor/victim witness grants of $315,676
- Authorized the purchase of three high back chairs and eight mid-back chairs for the commissioners hearing room from Brower Stationers of Troy. The total cost is not to exceed $6,735