The Pacific Tourism Commission will have $309,000 in its regular fund for the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to a budget that was adopted Aug. 7.
With Chair Dennis Oliver and members Bill McLaren and Larry Carter present, the commission agreed on the new spending plan at its August meeting. It will now forward the budget to the board of aldermen for approval.
Total spending plan for the year beginning July 1, 2017, is $217,761, leaving a balance in the regular fund of $92,229 and $85,180 in the tourism reserve fund.
The tourism commission is funded by a 1 percent transient room tax that is collected from tourists who stay at the city’s two motels — the Comfort Inn and Quality Inn.
Planned expenditures include $44,941 to promote local events; $6,500 for the annual fireworks exhibit; $2,000 for electronic sign maintenance; $20,000 for way finding signs; $4,320 for street banners; $10,000 for a tourism website; $125,000 for a proposed welcome center; and $5,000 unassigned.
The $125,000 line item for a welcome center is part of the commission’s long-term plan to foster tourism in the city, in addition to its continued support of local events that attract visitors.
Way finding signs and street banners are developed to enhance the visitors’ experience.
Added this year was $4,841 for a blues festival to benefit the Pacific Riverwalk Trail that is hoping to attract 3,000 visitors to the event.
The largest audience event continues to be the Pacific Partnership’s summer car show that attracted an estimated 10,000 visitors June 24.