Jacksonville cuts back on tourism, to save more to build a civic center

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 9:14pm

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville city counsel decided to reduce the amount of money the local Chamber of Commerce receives from hotel/motel tax revenue, from 50% to 40%, capping is off at $70,000.

The city plans to use that money to build a new civic center, and officials believe it will also help bring more revenue into town.

And by cutting some of the Chamber's funds, they will not have to raise property taxes in Jacksonville.

The Chamber of Commerce has done it's part in Jacksonville, providing city promotions such as the now famous concrete tomatoes, and doubling the attendance at the annual Taste of Jacksonville.

The Chamber will now have to strategize about how to stretch their budget, but they say the teamwork and leadership in Jacksonville is always keeping the people of the town in mind.

There is no time table for the civic center construction yet, but right now, the preliminarily looking at building the center at Nichols Green Park, located in south Jacksonville on Highway 69.

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