Tourism Committee Approves Funding Requests

The Greenville Tourism Committee met recently and unanimously approved two funding requests.

The committee awarded $750 to the American Farm Heritage Railroad Division for its second annual train show, scheduled for June 13. A motion also passed to provide $750 of tourism funds to the Bond County Antique Machinery Club for its machinery expo, which will take place the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Bond County Fair week.

This will be the 13th year for the expo.

The tourism funds will be used to promote the two events.

Representatives from the two groups told the committee that vendors and exhibiters will be staying at local motels. That is a goal of the tourism committee in the use of tourism funds.

John Goldsmith, tourism director, said he has learned that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner allegedly wants to divert state tourism funds into other areas of the state budget. This would not affect the Greenville tourism funds directly since motel operators collect the city tax, which funds the local tourism budget, and also a state tourism tax, which is the money that might be moved.

Goldsmith said that action could affect the city in an indirect way since the regional tourism bureau assists the city financially in some promotions, such as providing a percentage of the costs for billboards along Interstate 70.