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Does the room occupancy tax cover all costs associated with the convention center?

Ken Little
StarNews

By state law, the room occupancy tax funds dedicated to the Wilmington Convention Center can only be used for the construction and operation of the center, city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.

The financial model linked to here shows the revenue received or expected coming in from the room occupancy tax until 2038, when the center will be paid off, Talbert said.

“This includes debt payments, maintenance (including housekeeping), utility costs, technology, marketing, furniture and equipment replacement, etc.,” she said.

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Wilmington Convention Center topic page at StarNewsOnline.com

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4 Responses to “ Does the room occupancy tax cover all costs associated with the convention center?”

  1. On November 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm Billy wrote:

    This response by Malissa Talbert does not answer readers the question at all. In fact, it almost seems like she is answering a totally different question.

  2. On November 13, 2010 at 9:13 am Joe wrote:

    Ok Star Journalists, let’s go back to Malisssa Talbert and find out why she is dodging the question.
    Has one cent of out tax dollars other than room tax gone into funding the Convention Center. AND HOW MUCH?????

  3. On November 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm Mary wrote:

    LOL…wow…that answer says it all! Talk about avoiding the question.

  4. On November 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm Paul wrote:

    Mr. Little, please read the question again. “Does the room occupancy tax COVER ALL COSTS…” The posted response does not answer the question at all, which is a very important one in the minds of a lot of the taxpayers here in Wilmington.



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