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City Council, public still pondering Tourism Development Fund

The Tourism Development Fund again came up at a August 7 work session.

At its meeting Thursday, City Council will face the question it deferred action on at meetings in June and July meetings: Whether to vote on a proposed tourism development fund and a series of tax changes meant to finance it.

Council heard about the fund at their budget retreat in January from city manager Marvin Collins. He framed the fund as a chance to make a "generational change" in the city's tourism market.

To create the fund, council would increase both the meal and room taxes from 5 percent to 7 percent and also may levy a 3.5 percent admissions tax. City manager Marvin Collins estimates the fund could raise $3.5 million dollars in its first...