Visit Eau Claire Wants Bigger Share of Room Tax
Visit Eau Claire, the region’s tourism promotion agency, wants to tap into a larger share of the motel room taxes generated in the city of Eau Claire. Currently, Visit Eau Claire gets 56 percent of these taxes, which amount to about $969,000 last year. Under a proposal first discussed April 13 by the Eau Claire City Council, the agency would get 70 percent of the tax receipts. Last year alone, this would have equaled an additional $214,000 for Visit Eau Claire. In exchange for receiving a larger proportion of the taxes, Visit Eau Claire has proposed that it would share the money in the form of grants with other organizations – such as the Chippewa Valley Museum, Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, and the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center – that currently receive some of their funding directly from the city. Most notably, Visit Eau Claire says it will commit $200,000 annually to offset the operations of the proposed Confluence Performing Arts Center. The City Council has yet to decide on the proposal.