Grove Convention and Tourism Board members learned the lodging sales tax overcome a two-month slump and jumped to more than 30 percent.

 The news came during the Thursday, June 22 meeting. During the session board members learned tax receipts collected in April were at $11,208.84, a 32.1 percent increase over the same time in 2016.

So far, city records indicate the tax has generated $115,188.14 for the past 12 months.

“Overall we are up 15 percent over last year,” Debbie Bottoroff, assistant city manager.

Expenses were $2,009.19 for salaries, $200 for contract services and $10,050.70 for marketing, dues and subscriptions and memberships. 

In other business, the board approved sponsorship of the Oklahoma Bass Federation by a 3-0 vote. Board members Amelia Chamberlain and Hitesh Patel were not present for the meeting.

Oklahoma Bass Federation requested between $10 to $25 a boat.

The group fished Grand Lake on June 3 and 4, said Brent Malone, executive director.

The board approved $10 per boat for 24 boats for $240.

“Of the group 21 (people) stayed in hotel rooms and three at private residences,” Malone said.

Also approved was a membership application to the Convention and Tourism Bureau for motels and resorts located outside the Grove city limits. Those motels and resorts located inside the city are automatically partners because of their collection of the lodging tax.

Malone addressed several future events, including the newest offering Food Truck Friday, on the first Friday of each month.

The first Food Truck Friday will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 7. Six trucks and a kettle corn vendor will be present during the inaugural event.

Malone said the food vendors will located on Third and Fourth Street just off Broadway Street.

Between 30 and 40 boats from the Southern Drag Boat Association Inc. event will be displayed at several venues in the area including, First National Bank, City of Grove, Cherokee Casino Grove, NAPA Auto Parts and Grand Lake Honey Creek Outdoors.

Malone said the next two Food Truck Friday events are set for Aug 4 and Sept. 1.

Plans are to have music and other activities to make Food Truck Friday an enjoyable family outing, Malone said.