Having planned for lower proceeds from the hotel/motel occupancy tax, the Statesville Convention and Visitors Bureau has avoided cuts in services and is on target to meet its budget, city Finance Director Lisa Salmon said.
The City Council reviewed the bureau's fiscal status Monday.
The tax generated $63,144 between July and December, Salmon said. That's down about 2.8 percent from the same period last year. "... When we prepared the budget for this year," she said, "we projected a decrease in those receipts..."
Salmon said the bureau's salary expenses were less than anticipated because the executive director position was vacant for five months. "Normally when there is a decline in occupancy taxes, the CVB's budget is impacted by having fewer resources to promote travel and tourism in Statesville," she said.
"Since the CVB is in the process of hiring a new executive director ... no major cutbacks in operations have been necessary...."
The bureau was established in 1998 to promote travel and tourism for economic growth and development. It is partially funded by a local 5 percent occupancy tax imposed by hotels and motels. One-fifth of the tax proceeds go to the bureau.
Also at Monday's meeting:
The council approved an aid agreement with the West Iredell Volunteer Fire Department. Under its terms, the fire department will be dispatched to any aircraft emergency or structure fire at Statesville Regional Airport as a supplement to the city's response. In return, Statesville will send a pumper to alarms on 25 specified streets in the West Iredell District.
The council adopted a $137,500 budget for the Statesville Housing Authority's 2010-11 HOME program, which distributes federal money to provide affordable housing. The authority plans to use the money to build new homes. The city will provide $27,500, and federal grants will supply the rest.
The council heard details and saw photos of the damage to the city's greenway system from January floods. The damage is extensive to the trails that run from the Fitness & Activity Center to Free Nancy Avenue and from Museum Road to the Statesville Water Plant. Those road segments are closed. City officials estimate it will take at least three to four weeks to repair the damage, depending on weather.
The council honored Jon Dunham, Nate McElwee and Sally Parker for their combined 12 years on the Historic Preservation Commission.