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Published on : Saturday, July 29, 2017
The members of the Williamsburg City Council met to discuss the fund with residents at the Williamsburg Community Building. The audience members wrote their questions down, and then listened as council members heard and answered them. There are the inquiries, which ranged from the big picture of the fund to what it might pay for.
The Tourism Development Fund Discussion was programmed because of Mayor Paul Freiling and other council members did not think that they would be given the public, a chance to have their questions answered at length in a public setting. The members of the council also had decided to table any action on the fund at their meeting.
The members of Williamsburg City Council believed that Williamsburg needs to attract more visitors of both domestic and overseas level. The Tourism Development Fund could be a way to create the tourism attractions in the area that would achieve that. The City Manager Marvin Collins stressed to have a change in the tourism effort of the city.
Marvin Collins also forecasted that the fund could amass as much as $3.5 million in its first year from increasing the meal and room taxes from 5 percent to 7 percent and adding an admissions tax of 3.5 percent.
The city staff says some of the cities in Williamsburg competes with for tourists. Asheville, N.C., and Virginia Beach have raised their taxes and dedicated that money to tourism.