Visitor’s Bureau…..Do they have the necessary funding?

We bet you did not know that the Lake County Visitors’ Bureau is a registered 501 c 6 non-profit entity.  So what in the world is a 501 c 6 you may ask?

“Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code provides for the exemption of business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade and professional football leagues, which are not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.”

(LFC Comment: a profession football leagues is a non-profit?  You have to be kidding me?)

We had heard that the VB has no money to do anything, so we thought that we should check their financial statements.  Although they are not one of the wealthier non-profits.- (they are not in the ‘league’ of Lake Geauga Recovery Centers) They rely strictly on taxpayer funding, where the LGRC can use Food Stamps as revenue.

Visitors’ Bureau Form 990 2017

Visitors’ Bureau Form 990 2017 part ix

Visitors’ Bureau Balance Sheet 2017

At the end of of 2017, they had $550,309 in their savings account.  When you add in the $480,000 in the Hotel and Bed Tax fund that the commissioners are holding for the Visitors’ Bureau, we can see that they are north of $1 million in available funds.

Of course, we will have to deduct the salary for the Port Authority Coastal Manager that is paid (we would say contrary to the Ohio Revised Code) from the Visitors’ Bureau’s budget.

We cannot wait for the new initiatives from our Visitors’ Bureau to ramp up the tourism this Summer.  We will be rooting for them.

Categories: Lake County, Uncategorized, Visitors Bureau


2 replies

  1. Perch Fest!!! Can’t wait to see that come back. Now that they have all this money they can do this! BBQ? We don’t live in Texas or Memphis. We live on Lake Erie…it’s time to resurrect PERCH FEST! The Visitors Bureau now has PLENTY of staff to manage it what with 2 full time employees, another part timer and the Executive Director? Plus they are a membership non-profit so they have a TON of members to help out, right? It can be done!!!


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