Application for Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Begins

By KOLR10 News

Published 05/06 2014 03:52PM

Updated 05/08 2014 09:19PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Interested not-for-profit organizations will be required to attend a mandatory question and answer session to apply for funds from the returned tax proceeds from the Wonders of Wildlife (WOW), according to a statement from the City of Springfield.

In 2011, WOW terminated their grant agreement and agreed to forego receipt of all Hotel-Motel Tax proceeds.

The Springfield City Council authorized 60 percent of those tax funds to be reallocated to local entities that qualify to receive them under the February 3, 1998 ballot and the terms and conditions Council adopted in Special Ordinance No. 23448.

The Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee will hold two sessions for applications to attend.

Applicants can choose one of the two sessions. One will be Thursday, May 8 at and the other will be Thursday, May 15.  Both sessions will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Creamery Arts Center at 411 N. Sherman Pkwy.

The funds available are for capital grants to Springfield not-for-profit organizations that promote tourism, recreation, education and local economy.

Interested applicants can download application criteria and an initial letter of intent form on the City of Springfield website prior to the meeting.

The sessions will review the history of the tax funds and the application criteria, and will be followed by a question and answer session.

The application deadline is June 2.

The following are numbers provided by a statement from the City of Springfield.

2013 Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Funded Projects:

Discovery Center of Springfield
$22,500 - New exhibition enhancement called "Bed of Nails"

History Museum on the Square
$125,000 - Installation of new exhibitions at its new location on Park Central Square

Springfield Art Museum
$27,351 - HVAC and climate control improvements

Springfield Little Theatre
$45,323 - Reconstructing and reconfiguring the balcony

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