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News Release

Town of Hilton Head Island Reduces its Funding Request For Accommodations Tax

Release Date: September 21, 2020

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618

The Town of Hilton Head Island has requested $1 million in accommodations tax (ATAX) funds to support tourism-related projects.

That amount is 30 percent less than what Town requested last year. By decreasing its own funding request, the Town hopes more dollars will be available to spread among the other 29 organizations that have requested ATAX funding.

"The Town recognizes that that COVID-19 pandemic has added difficulties to our community - not only from a public health standpoint, but also from an economic standpoint," said John Troyer, the Town's Director of Finance. "We're expecting the state ATAX collections to suffer from the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, the Town is expecting the funds available to distribute to ATAX grant applicants to be adversely affected this year."

As a result, the Town voluntarily reduced its ATAX grant request from an award of $1,346,941 last year to a $1 million request for 2021. The Town’s grant request documents Town activities to support tourism.

The Town's local ATAX committee will have a preliminary hearing on grant applications on Thursday, October 1. The committee will evaluate grant requests and make recommendations to Town Council within the funds available. After the ATAX Committee recommends grant amounts, Town Council will make the final determinations of funding for 2021.

For more information, contact John Troyer at 843-341-4650 or johntr@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.