Lodging tax mini-grant recommendations made

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Members of the Brighton Lodging Tax Advisory Council presented four recommendations for mini-grants to council during its July 23 study session.
    BLTAC recommends council award a $2,500 grant to the Brighton Film Festival, $2,500 to heART of Brighton’s Roast and Toast to Bob Sakata, $2,500 to the Chamber of Commerce for their new 30 Days, 30 Ways outreach program and $2,000 for the Brighton Youth Commission’s Haunted House.
    Advisory council member Ron Ames said the film festival is a creative intergenerational activity and is a first time event that will be held at the Armory Oct. 4 and 5.
    “I think it’s a very exciting and interesting slice of technology that we get a chance to introduce to some of us who have not participated in that sort of media but it is also something our young people are excited about,” he said 
    The $2,500 grant for the heART of Brighton’s Roast and Toast of Bob Sakata will primarily be used to advertise the event, according to BLTAC Vice President Lindsay Killin. She said the event would be held on Aug. 9 at the Armory, prior to Market Day on Aug. 10.
    “We thought this was a good one, just because of who Bob Sakata is and because of who he is in the community,” she said.
    Brighton Youth Commission’s would use their $2,000 in grant funding to host a Haunted House. Killin said BYC was able to make their haunted house work on $200 but that the funds would help them create this year’s event at the old senior center.
    BLTAC also recommended the council approve the Chamber of Commerce’s 30 Days, 30 Ways campaign which would start in November before the Christmas Holiday.    The campaign will spotlight 30 ways residents can help non-profit organizations over the holidays and give them a chance to win prizes after lending a helping hand.
    “The money is basically to advertise for this and to give non-profits awareness in the community that they may not already have,” Killin said. “It’s an economic increase to an outlet consumers may not know about.”
    Councilman Kirby Wallin wondered how the Chamber of Commerce’s request fit into the spirit of the lodging tax, and Mayor Pro-Tem Wayne Scott said he believes the request was a bit of a stretch.
    Ames said the request was “culture building” and would bring the community together. City Manager Manuel Esquibel reminded council that part of the lodging tax speaks to the general promotion of the city.
    Scott said he would be okay with approving the mini-grant this time around but doesn’t want applications to stray too much further from the intent of the lodging tax.
    Council will consider approving the mini-grants at a future board meeting.