Proposed Amador Tourism District In Limbo

Proposed Amador Tourism District In Limbo 

A decision on a proposed tourism promotion district was delayed today, but the debate on the proposal continued to rage before the Board of Supervisors. In the face of continued opposition, proponents of a new tourism district requested that the item be continued to a Board meeting January 23rd. The district would place an additional charge on hotel stays in order to increase the budget of the Amador Council of Tourism and its efforts to promote visits to the county. The board heard testimony from a host of both advocates and critics of the district, with the county’s hotel owners, who would be directly impacted by the new fee, divided almost equally between supporters and opponents. Depending on the speaker, the proposed district was either an unaccountable waste of money or vital to the continued economic development of the county. “Sounds like a lot of minds are made up” said Board Chair Richard Forster, who urged the stakeholders to work on their differences at a meeting of the Amador Council of Tourism that will be held Tuesday night. The district had previously been approved on  a signed petition by a narrow majority of hotel operators, but several previous supporters are now opposed, putting the district approval in limbo. 

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