The commissioners have recently discussed the possibility of closing the tourism office downtown because of its utility cost. Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said at Monday’s meeting that although some would hate to see the cabin close down, the utility costs are high and it not the board’s responsibility to keep it open. He said he felt that the money could be better spent on the facility next to the I-24 exit (where the meeting took place). Commissioner Alan Watts agreed, saying that although he knew there was an interest in keeping the cabin open, they weren’t tasked with keeping it open. Tourism Director Bill Stevens said that he thought the ratio of stops at the I-24 office to stops downtown was close to 10 to one. Watts said the cost of keeping the cabin office open was about $7,000 a year. He said that money could probably be better spent making improvements to the other building.
“We should we pay $7,000 for that building if we could use it here?” he said.
The board talked about the need to improve the I-24 office, and discussed a recent trip that Stevens, Humphries, Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey and Commissioner Lisa Rogers, the city clerk, took to the Lyon County Tourism office. Humphries said they had gone partly so they could look at their signs. He said the board had a lot of options about how they wanted to emulate Lyon County, and noted that they spend a great deal of their budget on promoting the lakes. He also said that Trigg County needed to find a way to make tourism literature about the area available outside of office hours.
“Tourism happens after closing hours,” he said.
Humphries said they should also consider adding on a conference room to the I-24 office. He said this as the board sat on the right side of the front room in a circle of metal folding chairs.
Bailey said that after this fall’s elections, the commissioners might want to consider adopting a restaurant tax, which would provide additional revenue to the transient tax charged at hotels. He said he knew that no one really liked to pay taxes, but that it could be a big asset to tourism.
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