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From: Ann and Tom
Received: Aug. 26
We consider Columbus and Bartholomew County home since we have been here since 1974. Hope is also a part of Bartholomew County.
Recently the Visitor Information and Promotion Commission recommended to the Bartholomew County Council that all 2014 funds be given to the Columbus Area Visitors Center for total control of how tourism tax money should be spent. This is a change from the allocations that have been given directly to Hope for the past several years. Why?
Hope is a wonderful little town. No, we are not a part of Hope directly, do not live in it and will not be moving to it. However, as taxpayers in Bartholomew County, why will only part of the county we live in get to spend all the money allocated?
It is no surprise that the Columbus Area Visitors Center wants all the money. Our downtown here is thriving and vibrant, and it takes a lot of money to continue to grow.
But what about all the people in and around Hope who also work in and around Columbus, who would also like to see their “surprising little town” of Hope continue to improve and thrive? Do they not count as a taxpayers also?
The Hope Area Welcome Center and the Hope Area Chamber of Commerce have helped and continue to improve the town in Hope in many ways: Hope Heritage Days, Arts and Antiques Fair, Fun Friday Cruise-Ins, Hope Health Fair, Farmers Market, Smoke on the Square BBQ, Independence Day Celebrations, Hope Bike Ride, Christmas of Yesteryear and Christmas Homes Tour.
The Arts and Antiques Fair, held this past Sunday on the Hope town square, brought in people from all over the state of Indiana and Ohio to spend money, not only at the fair, but also in restaurants and shops in Hope and Bartholomew County.
Why did The Republic support this recommendation by suggesting it was “an exercise of good government”?
We bet most of the people of Hope and many in Bartholomew County disagree.
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