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By Lou Marzeles

Chamber of Commerce says it doesn’t want city tourism funds for events


Lou Marzeles

WORKING OUT THE DETAILS: The two tourism committees from the City of Goldendale and the Greater Goldendale Chamber of Commerce discuss contract details at a meeting Monday night at city hall. Left to right: City Administrator Larry Bellamy, who moderated the meeting; Guy Theriault from the city council; Chamber Executive Director Earlene Sullivan; Chamber member Ray LaFond; Mindy Jackson, city council; and Len Crawford, city council.

The Greater Goldendale Chamber of Commerce will not ask for funds from the City of Goldendale to put on events in 2013.

The Chamber’s decision was indicated in a revision to the proposed contract between the Chamber and the city reviewed Monday evening at a meeting of the city’s tourism committee. In the new proposed contract, the Chamber indicated that it intends to put on only two events next year—the Home and Garden Show and the Bluegrass Festival—but does not plan to use any funds from the city for them.

The city tourism funds, drawn from state hotel/motel lodging taxes, are required by Washington law to be used only to promote tourism for the city. In previous years the Chamb...

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