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Tourism commission tables budget decision

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By Stephen Lega

The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission tabled a decision regarding its amended 2010-11 budget during its March 16 meeting.

In light of the recent action by the Lebanon City Council, Commissioner Dave Winebrenner said the commission needs more information before it can make a decision. The commission agreed to table a decision until its next meeting, which is scheduled for April 11.

On March 7, the city council voted in favor of eliminating the restaurant tax that provides the bulk of the tourism commission's budget. Before the tax can be eliminated, however, the council must approve two readings of an amendment to its tourism ordinance and then publish that amendment.

Because of that, the commission doesn't know what its funding will look like, Winebrenner said. He added that the commission may have to consider even more changes to the budget depending on what action the city council takes.

The amended budget had included $12,000 for the Heart of Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ MusicFest.

Winebrenner said he realized there are some timely decisions that need to be made related to the Musicfest, but the commission may have to reconsider all the events it has supported if its revenue changes.

Look for more on the March 16 commission meeting in the March 23 print edition.