After gaining City Commission approval Tuesday, the city will soon solicit applications for its new $150,000 grant program designed to make Lawrence more of a tourist town.
The city set aside $150,000 in transient guest tax dollars in the 2016 budget to create a grant program to fund events such as the Free State Festival and the Lawrence Busker Festival — events or activities that enhance Lawrence’s character and generate more sales tax and transient guest tax revenue for the city. Transient guest tax is the 6 percent tax charged on all overnight hotel stays in Lawrence.
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