Convention and Tourism Bureau board members learned for the second month in a row, the city’s lodging tax has been slightly down.
“Compared to last year we are down by (around) $1,500,” said City Manager Bill Keefer at the Oct. 26 meeting. “We had several events going on in town and if we see something extraordinary next month it means someone didn’t report their tax in a timely manner."
Revenue reported in October for the month of August was $9,203.81, a 14.5 percent under from a year ago which registered $10,765.41.
In other business, the board members approved a membership package to be sent to 23 resorts, RV parks, and cabin rental businesses.
Assistant City Manager Debbie Bottoroff addressed the board about the package and the details it represents to prospective members.
The benefits include networking, display at the Interstate 44 Tourism Center in Miami and social media advertising.
The board also authorized Executive Director Brent Malone to continue discussions with Meridian about a free-standing kiosk to be placed at the Tourism Center in Miami.
“Their kiosk is a 21-inch screen where the others were 19-inch (screens),” Malone said.
Malone told the board there would be training and software with Meridian.
“We can upload the information from a PC instead of using Miami’s internet,” Malone said.
The board also approved combining the November and December meetings for a special meeting set for Dec. 14.
In financial reports expenses were $1,590.19 for salaries and $2,550 for contract services, according to city documents.
Board member Hitesh Patel was not present for the meeting.