Berea City Council Approves 2019-2020 Budget, Cuts Tourism Advertising and Human Rights Commission Budget

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The Berea City Council has passed a budget for 2019-2020. One of the changes on the budget was the total amount that tourism receives for advertising. The change cuts tourism advertising spending from $379,000 to $300,000 annually. The cut was proposed by councilor Jerry Little who stated if the cut hurts tourism in the city then it could be raised again next year.

Councilor Emily Ladouceur questioned the legality of the cut. She questioned if it was legal for the council to adjust line items on tourism’s budget as funds come from the city’s restaurant tax. The city attorney stated that he was unsure about the matter and would need to conduct research on the legality.

The Human Rights Commission also had their budget cut from $8,000 to $2,000. The cut was proposed by councilor Jim Davis who stated that the commission had not been fulfilling requirements by the council such as submitting a budget for review and that they have also not spent the entirety of the money allocated to them in previous years. Ladouceur stated that they had in fact spent the entirety of their budget.