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Richland Council Hoping To Attract Tourists To The County

9:31 AM, Jun 29, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland County Council is trying to come up with new solutions on how to spend more than four million from tourism tax revenue.

Earlier this month, some council members wanted to stop giving money to organizations in the city limits because they could receive money twice, but in a Thursday meeting they had a change of heart.

"We still do funding for things that are in the city limits, and that is already in the budget," said committee chairman Jim Manning.

Members of the new committee say they are still going to give money to the state museum and other organizations in the city limits, but now they are focusing their attention on some new possible tourism spots throughout the county.

In the last county council meeting of the fiscal year, council members voted to create a committee to come up with new ideas that can bring more tourists to the parts of Richland County that are outside the city of Columbia.

Members discussed building a new amphitheater, indoor or outdoor water park, or a tennis and basketball recreation complex.

"This is for a couple big tourist type attractions for Richland County and yes we are going to look at the feasibility studies to include a portion of that to be included in unincorporated Richland county," said Manning.

The council receives a little more than 4.5 Million dollars from the hospitality tax every year. The feasibility report will be given at council's meeting on next Tuesday.

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