CLEVELAND — Hosting the Gay Games and landing the 2016 Republican Convention shows that the outside world is buying into the reality of a new Cleveland .

And now that the city has a good product to market, the group selling it will have more money to promote its message.

Positively Cleveland is in line to get almost 40 percent more money for its operating budget starting next month.

That amounts to about $3.5 million a year.

It’s because the Cuyahoga County Council and a majority of suburban mayors decided to extend a 1.5 percent bed tax for 40 more years, with most of the money earmarked for selling Cleveland.

The tax is projected to bring in about $4.7 million a year. About $1.2 million a year will go to help pay for the Rock Hall induction parties that Cleveland hosts every year.

The $3.5 million will be added to the group’s 2014 operating budget of $9 million.



Article and Picture Courtesy of WKYC Channel 3 News

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