Moffat County Local Marketing District approves bylaws
MaybellMaybell — The Moffat County Local Marketing District made major strides Thursday night during a meeting in Maybell by settling on a mission statement, agreeing on bylaws and establishing procedure for selecting operating board members. — The Moffat County Local Marketing District made major strides Thursday night during a meeting in Maybell by settling on a mission statement, agreeing on bylaws and establishing procedure for selecting operating board members.
Maybell — The Moffat County Local Marketing District made major strides Thursday night during a meeting in Maybell by settling on a mission statement, agreeing on bylaws and establishing procedure for selecting operating board members.
As determined by the ex-officio board, the LMD’s mission is to “support, enhance, encourage and develop programs that lead to economic diversification by increasing business retention, development and recruitment in Moffat County that will in turn increase tourism, including funding for special events.”
According to the official bylaws, board members must be a resident or property owner in Moffat County and view the entire county as one economic system.
On the seven-person board, the county and city will appoint three people and Dinosaur one.
The operating board is still accountable to the local governmental agencies that form the LMD — town of Dinosaur, city of Craig and Moffat County.
Craig resident and business owner Dave DeRose raised the point that the Dinosaur’s board member should come from that community because it is the only way to appropriately represent Dinosaur.
“I don’t think you or I could properly represent Dinosaur unless we went and lived there for a year,’ he said.
The ex-officio board agreed that the appointment process for the operating board must have a rigorous application process, it is the initial boards responsibility to seek out the best candidates.
“It’s all head hunting,” said Tony Bohrer, Craig City Council.
The board has set its next meeting for 6 p.m. on June 7 at the Moffat County Courthouse.
Voters approved the taxing district in November by a vote of 1,678 in favor to 1,553 opposed — passing it by a 3.8 percent margin. Applications for board positions will be available and are due by June 27.
Since then, the board, which consists of 17 members combined from the Board of Moffat County Commissioners, Craig City Council and Dinosaur Town Council, has been working to ensure the entity is given the proper direction.
The LMD imposes a 4 percent lodging tax in all of Moffat County. The funds collected from the tax can be used for promoting tourism, supporting business recruitment, management and development, and organizing public events.
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