In an effort to bring to light once again issues that seem to continue to plague our small City, here we have another simple issue that has no logical explanation. Now, more than two years ago in a City Council meeting it was announced about the placement of the wonderful new POST for the parking lots. You can read that story from almost two years ago HERE. At the time, it was stated that current A&P funding was not available to cover the cost of the actual PARKING SIGNS to go on them.
HOW LONG FOR A&P TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT?
Over [timer], waiting on the signage to be installed.
Here we are now, still waiting with another tourist season upon us and they still have NO SIGNAGE on them! This is one more example of poor planning, in this case of the Advertisement and Promotions Commission.
Let’s look into the general purpose of the A & P Commission:
The Commission is the body that determines the use of the city advertising and promotion fund.
By state legislation, all A&P funds, some call this a Hamburger Tax, shall be used:
- 1)for advertising and promoting the city and its environs
- 2)for the construction, reconstruction, equipment, improvement, maintenance, repair, and operation of a convention center
- 3)for the operation of tourist promotion facilities in the city
- 4)for personnel and agencies necessary to conduct the business of the A & P
Commission funds can also be used for:
- 1)for funding the arts
- 2)for operation of tourist-oriented facilities
- 3)for construction, reconstruction, repair, maintenance, improvement, equipping and operation of public recreation facilities and for the payment of bonds.
Taxes shall not be used for:
- 1)general capital improvements within the city
- 2)costs associated with general operation of the city
- 3)general subsidy of any civic group or chamber of commerce
The A & P Commission may contract with any group to provide actual services that are connected with tourism or conventions.
So, why would they only budget for the POST while not including the most important part of that…the actual signage to go on the post? Besides that, here we are over a YEAR LATER and you would have assumed, that at the very least, the commission would have BUDGETED THOSE SIGNS in with the new 2011 year budget. Unless that budget has still not been finalized?
Would you consider this PRUDENT PLANNING? Let us know with your comments below to this story. Also, we encourage you to CALL CITY HALL at 1-(870)-856-3811 and express your thoughts on this issue today.