The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission held its regular monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Monday inside the Town Center on the downtown square.
Below is a roundup of highlights from the group’s meeting for January 2012.
Present: Director Marilyn Heifner, Bob Davis, Lioneld Jordan, Brandon Karn, Bill Lyle, commission chair Maudie Schmitt
Absent: Hannah Mills, Justin Tennant
Monthly HMR collections down
Total collections reported in December 2011 were $202,027, a 17.79 percent increase over the same month last year.
Overall 2011 collections ended at $2,299,473 which is a 5.38 percent increase on the year.
Below is a graph and table representing four years of HMR tax collections in Fayetteville.
Overdue HMR tax collections
According to City Attorney Kit Williams, the City Prosecutor’s Office collected $12,322.50 in overdue HMR taxes in December 2011.
This brings the total year-to-day collection of overdue HMR taxes to $47,080.19.
Williams said since making collection of overdue HMR taxes a priority in 2001, the City Prosecutor’s Office has collected a total of over $700,000.
“I would like to commend City Prosecutor Casey Jones, Assistant City Prosecutor Brian Thomas, Office Administrator Mandy Finklea and the rest of the competent and dedicated staff for their excellent work,” said Williams.
Old post office building
Following last month’s vote to seek rental of the old post office building in the middle of the downtown square, commission members on Monday unanimously agreed to execute a lease.
Under the terms of the agreement with owner Ron Bumpass, the commission will rent the building for $5,000 per month beginning Feb. 1, with an option to buy it for $1 million after one year.
Maudie Schmitt was re-elected chair of the commission by a unanimous vote during Monday’s meeting. No other commissioners were nominated.
Schmitt has chaired the commission since her election to the position in September 2010. The seat was previously held by Mayor Lioneld Jordan who served as temporary chair for five months following the resignation of Tim Freeman.
Full agenda packet