Canal Winchester's bed-tax collections keep growing, and nonprofit or private organizations in the city are continuing to share the wealth.
Money from the transient occupancy tax grant program -- its more formal name -- helps fund projects that will "enhance Canal Winchester for its residents and visitors," according to city guidelines.
The bed tax is collected at a rate of 6%, said Amanda Jackson, the city's finance director.
"Total projections for 2019 were originally set at $140,000," Jackson said. "We will likely end the year around $194,000 to $196,000. The projected revenue for 2020 is higher ($300,000), as we anticipate the opening of the Hampton Inn."
Construction on a 93-room Hampton Inn on West Waterloo Street began in the spring 2018.
The city's bed-tax collections have grown exponentially with the opening of a "beer hotel." The DogHouse, adjacent to the U.S. headquarters for Scottish beer-maker BrewDog, welcomed its first guests in August 2018.
Guests at the 32-room hotel can watch brewers at work and enjoy beer from in-room beer taps. The hotel has eight suites, including the 645-square-foot Brewmaster suite and the 460-square-foot Punk suite.
The city also collects the 6% bed tax from the Best Western on Prentiss School Drive and the Carraway Guest House on Washington Street.
"Bed-tax revenue is up approximately 37% ($43,000) from last year," Jackson said. "This is comparing all of 2018 revenue to collections through October 2019. I would expect that we will receive at least another $35,000 in November and December."
According to figures from the city, bed-tax collections have shown a steady increase over the past few years, with $83,816 generated in 2016 and $94,677 in 2017.
Bed-tax collections are divided evenly between the general fund and the bed-tax fund, according to the city's hotel/motel tax ordinance. The bed-tax fund is then split again, with half going to Destination: Canal Winchester, the city's tourism and visitors bureau, and the rest to a fund controlled by City Council, which awards grants.
"The award process will be the same as it has been in past years," Jackson said. "Applications are due by Nov. 30. Two members of council will meet to review the applications and award recommendations will be brought to the second meeting (Dec. 16) for consideration by all of council."
Applications are available on the city's website, canalwinchesterohio.gov, and must be submitted via email to Jackson at email@example.com or mailed to the City of Canal Winchester, Attn: Finance Director, 36 S. High St., Canal Winchester 43110.
Funds will be released in January.
Organizations shared $20,000 in bed-tax grants earlier this year. Those receiving the maximum $2,000 included:
* The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society for designing, printing and distributing National Barber Museum and Hall of Fame brochures
* Canal Winchester After Prom Committee for entertainment and activities for the high school after-prom
* Canal Winchester Human Services to develop and expand community gardens
* Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival for Facebook and newspaper advertising
* Canal Winchester Lacrosse Association for start-up costs.
* Canal Winchester Performing Arts Boosters for expenses and judges associated with the 2019 Winchester Classic marching band contest
* Friends for Life Animal Haven for the City Kitty Round-Up and Trap-Neuter-Return-Adoption program
* Indians Cross Country Boosters for the 2019 Dr. John Bender 5K Classic
Council awarded the BrockStrong Foundation $1,000 for baseball tournament umpire fees. The Miss Canal Winchester Pageant received $750 for expenses and the Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce received $1,000 to market its Running Scared 5K race in October.
The Canal Winchester Art Guild used the $1,250 it received for its 2019 mural project for signs and the purchase, installation and removal of murals.
The Canal Winchester Senior Citizens Club used its $1,200 for the Veterans Day pancake breakfast for veterans and their families.