SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) Local nonprofits in Summerville are awaiting much-needed hospitality tax funding to pay tourism-related expenses.
Some of the money that is collected on prepared food and drink in the town, via the two percent hospitality tax, goes to organizations to pay for expenses that attract visitors to the area. The town in the process of deciding how much of those funds will go to the 15 different organizations that applied for the funding.
But applicants have been waiting longer than in previous years to find out how much money they will receive which is a problem for organizations that need to budget for events and other expenses.
The Summerville YMCA applied for $34,075 to pay for marketing for the upcoming Flowertown Festival. The festival is a major fundraiser for the Y that attracts thousands to the town every year.
“We are a nonprofit so we don’t have a lot funds to advertise,” said Kristin Fry, Communications Director for the Summerville YMCA. “So we take whatever we do receive and put it back towards
marketing the event.”
This year, the town formed a hospitality tax committee made up of citizens appointed by Town Council members and the mayor. Earlier this week, the committee decided to recommend that $181,550 of the $300,094 requested be approved. Town Council will later decide on the final approval of the funding.