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A 2% tax charged on the sales of prepared meals and beverages within the City of Spartanburg.
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In a county in which at least $900,000 of accommodations tax is collected annually, the revenues of the hospitality tax may be used for the operation and maintenance of tourism-related activities and services, including police, fire protection, emergency medical services, and emergency-preparedness operations directly attendant to those activities.
In order to support the efforts of local partners to promote tourism and quality of life in the City of Spartanburg, City Council may designate a portion of the annual hospitality tax revenue for competitive grant awards. Council will decide the amount of such portion annually.
City Council makes the final decision on all allocations of city hospitality tax funds, including any allocations made through the competitive grant process. The Hospitality Tax Grants Advisory Committee makes recommendations to City Council on grant funding annually.
Once all applications for H-Tax grant funds are received and eligibility is verified, they will be forwarded to the Hospitality Tax Grants Advisory Committee for review. Applicants will then be assigned a date and time to deliver a short presentation on their program to the committee. The committee will review and score each application and presentation based on the evaluation measures described below. The Committee will then submit its funding recommendations for review by City Council, which makes all final allocation decisions.
The committee will consider the following when evaluating requests:
If your organization, project, program, or event received an H-tax grant in the current year and your request is for an amount larger than that award amount, please explain specifically how the requested increase will result in increased positive community impact of the project, program, or event.