Revised tourism budget approved

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By Stephen Lega

The Lebanon City Council approved the revised 2010-11 budget for the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission on May 9. The revised budget includes $12,000 for the Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest, which will take place this weekend, May 20-21, in Lebanon.

The commission, which also met May 9, received 2011-12 budget and planning recommendations from Executive Director Chris Hamilton. Under the budget recommendations, the commission is projected to receive $584,732 in revenue and to have $446,589.113 in expenses.

The commissioners agreed to schedule a special session to review the budget proposal and make changes, if needed.

In other tourism business:

- The commission approved a request from First Baptist of Lebanon to allow the church free rental of Centre Square on June 14. First Baptist will be hosting the 2011 Annual Session of the South District Association, a regional meeting for the church's denomination.

The annual session is scheduled for June 14-16.

Deacons Jerry Evans and Desmond Spalding explained that the church will be hosting youth activities between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. June 14. Youth participants will also be able to visit the city's aquatic center June 14, but they will pay their own admission to the center.

- The commission approved marketing for The Wipe Out, an event being planned by Les Rakes of Lawrenceburg. Rakes said he has already rented Centre Square for the event, which is scheduled for 2-11 p.m. Aug. 20. Rakes indicated that the event is still being planned, but it will include food, games, music and dancing. No alcohol will be allowed. Rakes said he would like to have bingo as well, if it is legal for him to do so.

If the August event goes well, he added that he may try to host more events in the future.