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A Political Shell Game

AngryIt doesn't matter the destination. Fingering them publiclly won't make the political gamesmanship there any better or worse. Suffice to say that it is a community that recently lost their DMO CEO...and the political scurry for reallocating Room Tax revenues has begun. 

Last week, a member of the Convention Center Board suggested that the DMO come under the Convention Center's wing. He said that "merging these two tourism entities is a win for (this community's) tourism and, therefore, a win for the city.”

Oh, puh-leeze.

Later in the article, this "champion of the public good" is quoted as saying that the $2 million now held by the DMO in its reserve account could help the City with its budget problems. Interesting that the local taxpayer subsidy of the Convention Center is, yes...$2 million. 

Bingo. The Convention Center Board likely doesn't really covet the DMO...just its money. And City Council members are lining up to support the concept. This isn't good government. This is expedient greed being sold as good government. And, without the CEO to explain why this is bad government, that sound you're hearing is the train preparing to leave the station.

Oh yeah...and one of the Board Members in the article I saw said the DMO could save rent money by moving into the room in the Convention Center where the Board meets each month.

It better be a big room...as the DMO staff numbers 9. 

Wow. Just, wow.

Bill Geist

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