The Greensboro/Guilford County Tourism Development Authority put out notice this week of its 2021-2022 proposed budget and also of a forum where local residents can give their input.

The Authority, which sometimes flies a little under the radar, is an important cog in the county’s economic growth efforts since tourism plays a significant role in the area’s economy.

The budget under discussion is for the fiscal 2022-2023 budget that would go into effect on July 1.

It totals $5.8 million and includes $4.9 million for convention and tourism marketing operations, as well as $173,000 to support some specific events that draw people to the area.  The budget under consideration also includes $722,000 for capital Improvements.

Nearly all of that $5.8 million comes from a special tax paid on those who use hotels and motels in the county.  The “occupancy tax” is expected to bring in $1.05 million from Greensboro and $4.4 million from the rest of the county in the coming fiscal year.

The Greensboro/Guilford County Tourism Development Authority’s 2022-2023 proposed budget was submitted to the governing authority earlier this month.

The public hearing on the proposed budget will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the offices of the Authority at 2411 West Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro,

The Tourism Development Authority notes that it wants to “give all interested citizens the opportunity to make written and/or oral comments on the budget,” and that senior citizens are encouraged to attend.  Those with physical challenges who need assistance should call 336-274-2282 before the meeting.

In the meantime, the proposed budget may be examined on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Authority’s office on West Gate City Boulevard.