Clear Spring considers using hotel/motel revenue to fund website

July 11, 2011

CLEAR SPRING — Lodging tax revenue could help the Town of Clear Spring establish an Internet presence.
Vice Mayor Steve Blickenstaff suggested Monday that the town council consider using some of its hotel-motel funds to build a website.

Each year, Washington County distributes a portion of its hotel-motel tax revenue to its municipalities for projects.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said the town must use the funds for tourism, economic development, cultural or recreational projects.

The town had more than $16,000 remaining in hotel-motel funds as of Monday, she said.

Blickenstaff’s suggestion came after the council approved donating $3,000 of its lodging tax funds to the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. for the 2011 carnival.

A website should qualify as a project for economic development, Blickenstaff said.

He suggested Grimm research the websites of other Maryland municipalities as models and also price what a new website would cost the town.

Clear Spring does not have its own website and the idea met with general support from the council and Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr.

— Kate S. Alexander

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