The 2011 budget is tentatively set at $158,350, while the final 2010 budget was set at $186,500, said Bill Stevens, executive director of the tourism commission. He said the budget is smaller partly because the revenue that they get from the transient room tax is down.
The transient room tax is collected from hotels, motels and resorts in Trigg County. The fact that the Lake Barkley State Resort Park’s hotel rooms are going to be closed for three days further lowers the amount of transient tax revenue the tourism commission can get, Stevens said.
The budget document states that the board expects to get $115,000 from 2011 transient tax revenue, $13,600 from matching funds, $1,500 from the Cadiz/Trigg County Chamber of Commerce, $17,750 from 2010 transient room tax that will be collected at the end of December and $10,000 from year-end checking.
The budget document also states that $63,000 will be spent on payroll, $25,410 will be spent on advertising, $15,000 will be spent on promotions, and the rest of the money will be spent on travel, utilities, debt service,, supplies, postage and maintenance, among other expenditures. Stevens himself would be getting a 3 percent pay increase.
Stevens said a final draft of the budget will be voted on when the tourism commission meets again next month.
There was also discussion of Lake Barkley State Resort Park’s winter hours. For the time being, the hotel rooms, the dining room and the golf course are only going to be open Wednesday – Saturday, although all of that is subject to change, said Stevens.
However, the cottages, log cabins and fitness center will, for the time being, be open all week during the winter, Stevens said. He also stated that the board is worried that some tourists might come visit when the resort’s hotel rooms are closed and be disappointed, adding that they want to make sure that they and the tourists have the latest information.
As far as having private companies taking over the golf course and dining room, no companies have been interested in the dining room, but a few have been interested in managing the golf course, said John Jordan, administrator of Lake Barkley State Resort Park.
Stevens also said the commission will elect officers at their meeting next month.