Letter: Balancing tourism revenue with needs
If the city needs money to maintain and improve our water and sewer system, then the solution is to follow the advice of The Daily Courier in its recent editorial: "Prioritize Fixes ..."
Instead of increasing water and sewer rates, (fees, taxes, etc.) the Prescott council should simply do what it did to set up our new and vital $817,000 Tourism Program by a "reallocation of resources from other city departments" (Courier 8-21-10). In fact, if water and sewer is more important to Prescott's health and safety than tourist promotion, then our leaders should re-allocate resources back out of tourism and put our tax dollars into water and sewer.
A more sensible way to promote tourism would be to repeal the bed tax and let the Chamber of Commerce boast that Prescott is the only city in Arizona that does not tax tourists.