County names recipients of room tax money

LINCOLN COUNTY — Oregon Coast Community College, the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County and the chambers of commerce in Toledo, Depoe Bay and Waldport are getting some transient room tax proposal money.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to award transient room tax dollars to projects proposed by the three groups. The chambers of commerce project was proposed by the mayors of each of those cities.

In total, the Central Coast Marketing Academy at Oregon Coast Community College got $63,042. The Oregon Coast Trail Project, under the umbrella of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County, was awarded $75,000 and the chambers of commerce in Depoe Bay, Toledo and Waldport got $30,000 each to pay for new staff members.

“This item has come before us before, and I think we agreed to fund all three proposals,” said Doug Hunt, chair of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.

The chambers of commerce project would pay for three years of funding in the amount of $90,000 a year, totaling $270,000 over the course of three years. The Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County’s project requested transient room tax money for two consecutive years to pay for the Oregon Coast Trail project.

“For the proposal from the Economic Development Alliance, I talked to the executive director and they want to put that over a couple of years, which is fine,” said Wayne Belmont, county counsel. “The dollar amount stays the same.”

Having an adequate amount of money to cover all three of the projects, the board of commissioners passed a motion approving the project funding, which will cost about $228,000 a year in total. The county currently has $269,143 of transient room tax money, with additional money expected to come in every year the county funds these projects.

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