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File #: 0540-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/24/2020 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 3/16/2020 Final action: 3/19/2020
Title: To authorize the Finance and Management Director to contract with Experience Columbus for marketing services to increase tourism and convention business and strengthen the image of the City of Columbus, Ohio; to authorize the expenditure of $10,839,000.00 from the Hotel/Motel Excise Tax Fund; and to declare an emergency.($10,839,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Ord # 0540-2020 Experience Columbus
Explanation

BACKGROUND: This ordinance authorizes the Finance and Management Director to enter into contract with Experience Columbus for marketing services to increase tourism and convention business and for the disbursement of the Hotel/Motel excise tax proceeds in accordance with Section 371.02(c) of Columbus City Codes which, in part, designates a portion of funds for the purpose of promoting Columbus. For 2020, that portion of the Hotel/Motel excise tax is projected to be $10,839,000.00 and is provided to Experience Columbus per this ordinance. An amount not to exceed ten percent (10%) of the funds granted pursuant to this agreement may be used for food and non-alcoholic beverages which directly associate with a public purpose.

Emergency action is requested so that proceeds can be disbursed without delay to ensure that marketing services increasing tourism and convention business can occur in the greater Columbus area.

Experience Columbus, Contract Compliance#: 31-4153118 (non- profit)

FISCAL IMPACT: This ordinance authorizes an expenditure of $10,839,000.00 from the Hotel/Motel Excise Tax Fund with Experience Columbus for marketing services related to increasing tourism and convention business for the City of Columbus. These funds are budgeted in the Hotel/Motel Excise Tax fund for these services. Funding for this contract will come from receipts into the Hotel/Motel tax fund in accordance with Section 371.02 of the Columbus City Codes. In 2019, the City entered into a $10,472,000.00 contract with Experience Columbus for these services.

Title

To authorize the Finance and Management Director to contract with Experience Columbus for marketing services to increase tourism and convention business and strengthen the image of the City of Columbus, Ohio; to authorize the expenditure of $10,839,000.00 from the Hotel/Motel Excise Tax Fund; and to declare an emergency.($10,839,000.00)

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WHEREAS, Section 371.02(c) of the Columbus City Codes, 1...

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