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Council poised to lodging tax grant proposal approvals

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — The Brighton Lodging Tax Advisory Committee recommended six grant proposals for city council to consider funding in 2014. Council heard the grant proposals during its Nov. 26 study session. 

Of the proposals, the advisory committee recommended five be approved with reductions from the original amount requested. Funding for the second annual Brighton Blues Blast was the only proposal to be funded at the full amount requested.

Committee Chair Todd Brummond said the committee asked the applicants to go back to their proposals to ask themselves whether they could continue their projects with less funding and whether they would be willing to meet on a quarterly basis to discuss their projects. 

“The primary reason for that, we felt, there was a lot of duplication in a number of areas, especially surrounding marketing,” he said.

BLTAC recommended council award $45,000 to the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission for its concert series – Live at the Armory 2014; $20,000 to the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission for its “Tell the Brighton Story” proposal; $54,000 for the Chamber of Commerce’s “We are Brighton” proposal; $70,000 for the Brighton Economic Development Corporation’s marketing plan proposal; the BEDC’s branding and imaging campaign and $20,000 to heART of Brighton’s second annual Blues Blast.

Brummond noted that a portion of funding was returned from the BEDC as they held a smaller event than originally proposed and that funding was also returned from the Brighton Film Festival which was canceled due to the lack of entries. 

He also said $10,000 has been set aside for mini-grants later in 2014.

Council considered the committee’s recommendations as part of its Dec. 3 meeting.