The Fulton Town Council, at its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 21, approved an ordinance providing the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce up to $30,000 in hotel occupancy tax (HOT) receipts as long as HOT revenues are above the $173,600 the town has budgeted.

Next year’s budgeted amount in HOT funds for the Chamber was only $5,000, a sharp reduction from previous years.

With this decision, the Chamber could receive up to $25,000 more in HOT funds to conduct its work promoting the entire county, accomplished through the Chamber’s Tourism Development Council.

After the motion to provide up to $30,000 was made and seconded, Alderman J. Mark Wagnon made a motion to increase the ceiling from $30,000 to $100,000.

“There’s no downside if we collect that much (which is what Fulton hotel operators estimate),” he said.

Wagnon’s motion died for the lack of a second.

The vote was taken on the original motion and was approved 4-1, with Wagnon casting the dissenting vote.

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