Usually, when the city starts talking about money, the subject matter falls into one of three categories:
a) Oh my God, we don't have enough money! Cut things!
b) Someone (usually another government) really should be giving us money. We're mad as hell and we don't have to take it.
c) We think that if we just ask nicely and frame the whole issue in a good light, the public will give us money without us having to, you know, ask for a ta-ta-ta-tax.
Anyway, this is the way it goes in the Springs. So it was a little unsettling when an e-mail arrived in my inbox from the city actually asking the public to help it spend money. However, there are no signs this is a prank.
Apply for LART funding; deadline July 31st
The City of Colorado Springs Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART) Advisory Committee is now accepting applications for funding requests for 2013.
The Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART) requires these tax funds to be used for tourism or economic development purposes. Proposed events, projects and services that attract visitors or enhance the economy of the City and Pikes Peak Region may apply. Applications for LART funding requests are due by July 31, 2012. The applications can be found at www.springsgov.com/LART.
Applicants should provide current financial information of the entity requesting funds and their 2013 plans for the use of the funds. These uses should be presented in a measurable format so that the requests can be properly evaluated. The information is best provided by submitting official financial statements for 2011 and a formal budget plan for 2013 in addition to the application form.
Please submit applications and questions to Brianna Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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