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Many local organizations benefit from the Lodging Tax

By Joel Radtke

Heart of Brighton, the Platte Valley Players and the Adams County Fair are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from the city’s 3 percent lodging tax since it went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

The tax, approved by a vote of Brighton residents, brings money into the city from lodging rentals of less than 30 days at local Brighton motels. The City Council-appointed Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to recommend council approval of grant awards and disbursement of the funds.

From 2013 to 2016 the tax has generated $1,255,615 in revenue for the city. During that same time, the council has approved approximately $908,728 in grants to 36 community projects.

Some of the projects that have benefited from the grants include the LIVE at the Armory concert series, the Brighton Youth Commission, Brighton Cultural Arts Commission, Brighton Economic Development Corp., Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Brighton Sister Cities, Brighton Housing Authority and Raptor Education Foundation.

Funds also go toward economic development, special events, cultural arts facilities, advertising and marketing, and promoting tourism and other activities that generate use of public accommodations.

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Big Little Ideas: 2017 edition

By Joel Radtke

Want to visit or maybe help maintain a local butterfly garden? Would you like to take a bus tour of local farms including the newly rehabilitated Bromley Koizuma-Hishinuma farm? How about being involved in the creation or hosting of Brighton’s new little outdoor food pantry enclosures, called “Blessing Boxes?”

All of these – and more – are possible this year in Brighton, thanks to funding from the city’s Big Little Ideas contest. It is the third year for the program.

On May 2, the Brighton City Council approved a resolution authorizing $500 grants to five 2017 projects that will ‘create and implement ideas that will make Brighton a better place to live, work, play and learn.’

Project applicants are required to turn their ideas into reality by Dec. 16.

This year’s approved projects are: • Big Little Farm Bus tours (Friends of Barr Lake)
• For the Love of Reading (Northeast Elementary)
• Butterfly Garden (Northeast Elementary)
• Bike Safety Rodeo and Helmet Giveaway (Anythink Brighton library)
• Blessing Boxes (Beth Sanchez)
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