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Chamber, festivals receive tourism grants
The city of Shelton on Monday awarded $40,800 in tourism funds to local organizations that entice visitors, and their money, into town.
The local organizations applied for the annual grant money, which comes from taxes collected from hotels and motels in Shelton. The city's Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Committee offered the recommended grant amounts to the commission.
The Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce received the highest amount at $15,300. The organization received $16,750 for this year.
The Kristmas Town Kiwanis received $7,000 for its annual Blue-grass from the Forest event, the same amount as 2015.
Organizers of the Mason County Forest Festival received $7,000 for 2016. The Mason County Historical Society received $10,000 for its museum and $1,500 for its annual car show.
The city's Shelton Poverty Advisory Committee (SPAT) requested $2,880 for portable restrooms, but the committee determined the request is not "tourist related."
The grant amounts will be incorporated into the city's 2016 budget. The final budget will be addressed at the commission's meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota St.
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