"I really can't speak to the press conference today because I didn't know anything about it," Sioux Falls Convention and Visitor Bureau Executive Director Terri Schmidt said.
said she'd never seen the recommendations from the mayor's review board until KSFY
emailed them to her
"Never having seen it before until you sent it to me, I can say the majority of what they're talking about we already do...so I think it's just a matter of having the opportunity to be able to communicate," Schmidt
says throughout the six session the review committee came together, the CVB
staff was only able to present their work for about 30 minutes.
"It was clearly a committee evaluating what we do and we had to sit and listen," Schmidt
The BID Tax was created in 2011 and Schmidt
and other industry leaders say the new funding model for the CVB
is making a big impact.
says the CVBâ€™s yearly budget is only generated by the visitors they bring to town.
â€œNo money from the city of general fund or city sales tax comes to the visitorâ€™s bureau; we are solely funded by the BID tax and the one percent tax that is paid only by people who stay in hotels,â€� Schmidt said.
also says the BID tax funding plan was actually proposed by Sioux Falls hotel owners and other industry leaders and had little to do with Sioux Falls taxpayers.
says the BID
board will consider all recommendations as they plan next yearâ€™s budget.