A&P Commission Turns 35

City Panel Considers Giving $1 Million To University

Posted: December 9, 2012 at 4:25 a.m.

Visitors exit the Fayetteville Town Center on Friday on the Fayetteville square.

The Advertising and Promotion Commission has been using hospitality tax dollars to draw visitors to town for more than three decades.

By The Numbers

Hotel-Restaurant Tax

• 2 percent: The city’s hotel, motel and restaurant tax rate. Half the tax goes to the Advertising and Promotion Commission. The other half goes to the Parks and Recreation Department.

• 72: Number of people who have served on the A&P Commission since 1977.

• $145,328: Amount given to 22 event organizers and nonprofit groups last month.

• $6.95 million: Amount of a 1998 bond issue that helped build the Fayetteville Town Center. City officials also committed approximately $450,000 in sales tax to the project.

• $35 million: Hotel, motel and restaurant tax proceeds collected from 1977 through 2011.

Source: Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission

At A Glance

Commission Law

According to state law, four of the A&P Commission’s members must be owners or managers of businesses in the tourism industry; two must be members of the city’s governing body, and one is selected from the public at large.

A&P money can be used to fund the arts; to promote the city; to construct, improve, maintain or operate a convention center; and to pay principal and interest on bonds.

Source: Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission

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