For the second year, Dublin City Council members chose the Historic District as the largest recipient of annual bed-tax revenue grant awards.
Dublin City Council's ongoing support of the Historic Dublin Business Association via annual bed-tax revenue grant awards is one way council members show residents they understand how much the community values the Historic District, councilwoman Christina Alutto said.
Council members on Dec. 3 adopted recommendations of the council finance committee for bed-tax revenue allocations totaling $200,000. Topping the list as the biggest grant recipient was the HDBA, at $50,000.
Other recipients included the Arthritis Foundation, Club Ohio Soccer, the Crawford Hoying Foundation, Dublin Arts Council, the Dublin Jerome High School senior class, Dublin Scioto Lacrosse Boosters, Dublin Soccer League, Dublin Special Olympics, Dublin United Soccer Club, Dublin Youth Athletics, Kiwanis Club of Dublin, Ohio Premier Soccer Club and World Archery of Ohio.
Alutto said the bed-tax revenue grants, derived from revenues from the city's hotel-motel tax, are intended to be awarded to those which have a positive community impact. Recipients submitted applications and presented their information to the council finance committee, which includes Alutto, Michael Keenan and Cathy De Rosa.
This year, applications totaled nearly $231,000 in requests, Alutto said. The committee has had a $200,000 budget for the last several years.
Of all the applications, HDBA assembled the most detailed information, Alutto said, illustrating how the group will use funds to keep the Historic District vibrant and alive. HDBA is working with city staff and Bridge Park developer Crawford Hoying to benefit both the Historic District and the Bridge Park District, essentially bridging the city's past with its future, she said.
"That is part of what is so critical," she said.
All Dublin residents are connected to the Historic District in some way, she said. This allocation, Alutto said, is one of the ways in which council demonstrates the Historic District's importance.
One of the association's main objectives is not only to take care of its members, but also to bring awareness and patrons to the Historic District, said HDBA president Rick Gerber.
The awareness and patronage benefits the HDBA, which totals a little less than 100 members, while also helping the area's overall economy, Gerber said.
HDBA is host to a series of events on the second Saturdays of each month, including wine walks, an annual chili cookoff, and its slider challenge, Gerber said. Each event also has a charitable organization selected as the benefactor of ticket sales.
The Historic District in many ways represents the city's past, but also its future, Gerber said. The area counts among its vendors a variety of restaurants and retailers, but also accounting, law and information technology businesses.
Dublin, he said, is supportive not only of the HDBA but of the Historic District as a whole.
"The city has been a fantastic partner," Gerber said.