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City leaders re-evaluating use of hotel motel tax revenue

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

City leaders want to make sure the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is following state law in how it spends revenue from the hotel motel tax.

On Tuesday commissioners passed an ordinance to ensure greater accountability from the Chamber.

It doesn't promise any specific amount of money to the Chamber, just a written agreement between the city and the Chamber that addresses promoting tourism. The Chamber assures the city in writing that those funds will be used to promote tourism,” said Albany city attorney Nathan Davis.

The city increased the hotel motel tax this year. The increase is expected to bring in an extra $200,000.

The Chamber wanted part of that revenue, but the city decided to keep the Chamber's share of the expected 1.6 million in revenue at no more than $725,000.

 

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