Funding for the office comes from a portion of the city and county transitional occupancy tax, which is levied on hotel and short-term rental customers. Due to the pandemic and low hotel occupancy rates, the CACVB in the current fiscal year is receiving around 14.6% less funding than last year.
Currently, the operating agreement states that the board of directors is made up of 15 voting members, including four elected and four city and county staff, including the city manager, county executive and directors. the economic development of the two localities.
The city and county also each appoint a representative from a tourism industry organization to the board of directors. The elected officials jointly appoint a “representative of the recreational community” and a “representative of the artistic community”.
Representatives from Monticello, the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce round out the board.
The recommended new operating agreement replaces an elected official from each jurisdiction, the city manager and the county executive with two “accommodation” representatives, one appointed by each city and county, and two “food or beverage” representatives, one nominated by each. city and county.
At Monday’s meeting, there was little discussion of the recommended changes. Elizabeth Cromwell, president and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and also a board member of the CACVB, asked when the new members would sit on the board, if the changes are approved.