PHED/GO Item 1
January 24, 2013
Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Jacob Sesker, Senior Legislative Analyst
Bill 36-12, Taxation -
Use of Revenues
CVB Director Kelly Groff
The Conference and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a §501(c)(6) non-profit organization. The CVB's
mission is to promote Montgomery County as a destination for visitors, including meetings and
conferences, conventions, group tour and leisure travel. Currently, at least 3.5% of the room
rental and transient tax revenue (hereafter "hotel/motel tax") must be used for the Conference
and Visitors Bureau. Bill 36-12 would amend County Code §52-16 to increase that amount to
7%. The Bill makes no other changes to §52-16 or any other provision oflaw.
Public hearing testimony
The Council held a public hearing on January 15, 2013. The following individuals testified in
support of Bill 36-12: Kelly Groff; Trish Heffelfinger; Vira Safai; Paul Warnquist; Bob Daley.
In testimony, speakers cited several justifications for the requested funding increase, including
• Staffing at the CVB has not kept pace with increases in (County-supported) cultural
• Montgomery County is outspent by neighboring jurisdictions.
• The County must aggressively pursue market share in order not to lose market share to
Prince George's County or other jurisdictions with casinos.