I was recently asked what I thought about how future Host Fee dollars should be spent. These are the dollars collected from the landfill when other communities pay to dump their garbage here.
Regarding purpose, I support the idea that fees be directed toward economic development initiatives. This includes but is not limited to development projects (Ex: MRO), workforce (RVC Aviation Maintenance Program expansion), tourism (Ex: Reclaiming First) and other spends that lend themselves to long-term economic growth, primary jobs, and growth of our tax base.
I do NOT support, under any circumstances, that fees be redirected to the general fund during tough budget years (they are all tough) and used as part of the operational budget.