McLinko seeks South Creek Twp. support on tourism resolution
Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko said he will talk with South Creek Township supervisors in the near future about the county's effort to establish a new tourism promotion agency.
McLinko said he talked with township supervisor Stanley Sterling at 9 p.m. Monday, and said Sterling expressed a willingness to listen to him.
"There was some misinformation, and I'm going to explain the county position to them," said McLinko. He noted that he will meet with the supervisors or call each of them on the phone.
He said the supervisors can still vote to accept the county's resolution, even though the supervisors recently declined to pass it.
"We want the entire county on board," McLinko said.
The county wants to spend the revenue from its 3 percent room tax on its own, rather than continue to send the revenue to the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau (EMVB).
The commissioners want to designate a new tourism promotion agency.
However, for the commissioners' plan to go forward, the governing bodies of municipalities in the county, which together represent over 50 percent of the county's population, must pass a resolution approving the designation of the new tourism promotion agency for the county.
But South Creek Township supervisors declined to pass the resolution at their last meeting.
"They did not approve it and will stay with EMVB," said South Creek Township Secretary Linda Leonard, when asked for comment.
She added, "we had no horse in this race, because there are few, if any, tourist attractions at all" in the township.
According to McLinko, those who have passed resolutions, which have been forwarded to the commissioners, are Athens Borough, Burlington Township, West Burlington Township, Smithfield Township, South Waverly Borough, Terry Township, and Wilmot Township. In addition to South Creek Township, LeRoy Township has declined to pass the resolution.
"I've heard from a lot of boroughs and municipalities that are on board and they will formalize it this month or next month," he said.
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