On November 7, 2000, the voters of Joplin approved a 2% increase in the gross receipts tax on hotel and motel lodging accommodations. Council Bill No. 2000-048 directs the JCVB Advisory Board to establish a procedure for annually recommending to the City Manager and City Council the appropriation of these funds. In recommending the utilization of these funds, the Board shall consider their most effective use for marketing sports events, entryway beautification, special events, festivals, celebrations, and other related activities in Joplin designed to promote the city and its features as a destination for outside visitors and tourists.
The City Council shall, after public hearing held prior to the adoption of the budget, adopt an ordinance to allocate funds among qualifying applicants. Final allocation will be based upon the Council’s determination as to the most effective use of funds to promote tourism, conventions, and related activities in Joplin.