A-Tax Gives Band a Boost

BLYTHEWOOD – The Town’s Accommodations Tax Committee met on Sept. 26 to vote on funding for the annual Blythewood High School Band Tournament. Each year, for the last several years, the Committee has voted to give the Tournament $10,000 and did so again last week. BHS Band Director Chris Rugila submitted a proposed budget for the tournament, which he said was based on the revenue and expenses from last year’s tournament. The proposed revenue, including the $10,000 donated by the Town, is $49,727. He said expenditures are expected to be $25,471, leaving a profit of a little over $24,000.

The tournament is scheduled for Oct. 12 from about 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Rugila said 30 bands will participate and that local businesses can advertise free in the tournament program.

In other business, the Committee received final event reports on the Blythewood Rodeo and the Blythewood Labor Day Run. The Committee made a donation of Accommodation Tax funds last year for the Blythewood Rodeo and a donation of Accommodation Tax funds for the Run. No report was made available to the Committee on the actual expenses and revenue for the Rodeo or the Run.

The Accommodations Tax committee is made up of representatives of the Town’s hotels and restaurants and does not meet regularly, but only when there is a request for funding.

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