CW spreads the wealth with bed tax grants

By Linda Dillman
Employed author

Heads in bed are pouring money into Canal Winchester City’s coffers, helping both local tourism and nonprofits across the community.

The city levies a six percent occupancy tax (bed tax) that is levied when guests use accommodations furnished by a local hotel, motel, or similar company. Half of the tax revenue goes to the destination: Canal Winchester, the city-named visitor and convention office.

Canal Winchester City Council determines the other three percent to fund the annual bed tax subsidy program. During its December 20 session, the council passed a resolution distributing bed tax subsidies for 2022 to 13 organizations that applied for funding between October 1 and November 30.

The list of recommended grants includes: $ 2,000 to Boy Scout Group 103 for the repair, maintenance, and operation of a troop bus; $ 2,000 for the BrockStrong Foundation for their 2022 Labor Day baseball tournament; and $ 2,000 to the CW Art Guild for the Mural Project 2022.

David’s Way / Canal Village charged $ 2,000 for computers, a printer, and accessories and chairs for older adults; Friends for Life Animal Haven US $ 2,000 to fund their City Kitty Round Up; $ 2,000 for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10523 for supplies and advertising for the annual Veterans Day celebration and $ 2,000 for Indians Cross Country Booster Dr. Bender 5K Classic.

Canal Winchester Finance Director Amanda Jackson anticipates new hotels will add to the bed tax fund and has sought advice from the council on how to allocate additional funds.

“Are we going to put it in the general fund?” Asked Jackson. “Are we putting it in parks? Do we put it in the direction of historical society? What do we do with it? “

A preliminary proposal put 10 percent of any surplus in support of historical society; 10 percent to the CWICC, a nonprofit that provides bed tax grants for building improvements; 45 percent reserved for city parks; and 35 percent to the organizers of the Blues and Ribs Festival and the Labor Day Festival.

“My hope is that some of this can be devoted to a DORA (designated outdoor refreshment area for supplies),” said Councilor Jill Amos. “It is also one of the things that people attract and can attract.”

Councilor Bob Clark said extra parking could help speed construction instead of city governments trying to find funding.

Councilor Mike Coolman thought it best to wait until the new council sat after the start of the year before making a decision.

Amos took the opportunity to open a discussion on the DORA and said the companies support the venture but would like to roll it out slowly instead of doing it for the first time during a large-scale city event like Labor Day Festival that can Draw thousands to Canal Winchester.

Coolman said the first smaller event will be the Art Stroll, which takes place on the Saturday after Mother’s Day.

“Your thoughts were that once we start implementing it, they will slowly introduce your staff to it,” said Amos. “The restaurants and shops were hoping for a slow thing to incorporate and make them sustainable. I think it can be done. I think the companies are on board to help. “

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