Appropriate to use 4b Monies to Fund Chamber of Commerce Activities?


Appropriate to use 4b Monies to Fund Chamber of Commerce Activities?

7 September 2010 at 11:17:51 AM

Especially when the head of the 4b is also the head of the Chamber? Been thinking about this since hearing the July 2010 City of Glen Rose retreat meeting.

rough transcript

In this coming fiscal year, we would like to reserve 10 percent of the budget .. to fund festivals and events in Glen Rose, this is not to usurp in any way what Billy Huckaby does with the CVB. ... What I would like to see is that we hire, through the Chamber, a full time festival coordinator and I would like the 4b to fund that... think if we can do that professionally with a person dedicated to that full time... Festivals in the past, gets down to that someone has to volunteer time and treasure to make it happen.

Two questions. The Chamber of Commerce is a private organization whose members are, generally, business owners in the community. As such, currently, it is not open to open records requests, etc. I would assume it would be if it starts using public monies to fund private events. It isn't a conflict of interest to have the person running the 4b board also be the chairman of the private Chamber? 

Second, any other entity that wants money has to go before the board, make a presentation and ask for, on one project, monies to do X and Y. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but it's my understanding that if there are changes to what someone wants to do as a project, he or she or they have to go back before the 4b and ask again, not have a continuous funding in the budget.

I also don't think I fully understand what the job of the CVB is, if it isn't to help coordinate, at the public level, festivals and events. I know Mr. Best said that this does not compete with what Mr  Huckaby does, but how exactly not? I am sure I have heard Mr Huckaby talking about organizing festivals before, but perhaps this is not his job at all? He does bring rodeos into town, and he was in charge of organizing the dulcimer festival,  so he organizes at least some kinds of events. And, if memory serves, he also wants to hire another person in HIS budget to cover booking events, etc. for the city. Seems, at best, that there is some overlap, and at worst, that these are the same positions in two budgets.

Agree? Disagree?


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