New tourism surcharge results in estimated thousands of dollars in funds for Guntersville

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- The city of Guntersville is working to come up with a draft to regulate how it can spend an estimated $100,000. The city council aims to spend it on one of Guntersville's biggest economic drivers -- tourism.

Guntersville is surrounded by a large economic engine -- Lake Guntersville. It brings in tourists from all over and starting this month, the city will get more funding to bring more people in.

"Our lodging surcharge inside the city limits of Guntersville is now $3," Mayor Leigh Dollar says. She says the county's Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city will split that tourism surcharge in half.

That surcharge used to be $1 but increased to $3 in January. The city is working to formulate how it will spend that funding, and the goal is to spend it on tourism. "We're not going to limit ourselves. It could be for an infrastructure improvement, if it would be for an infrastructure that would improve tourism, that would be an option," Mayor Dollar says.

The city is working to form rules and regulations on how it can spend the funds. Mayor Dollar says it is estimated the city will get anywhere from $100,000 to about $130,000 from the surcharge, depending on the year and the events that happen in the city.

Those funds can be used to help a big part of Guntersville. "Tourism is extremely important to Guntersville and we love for people to come and visit," Mayor Dollar says. The city hopes to present a draft of rules and regulations for that funding at its next meeting. Mayor Dollar says they have been discussing this at past meetings as well.

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