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VFW Smith-Geater Auxiliary Post #8884 received a boost in their efforts to make improvements to their post. The group is making improvements to their new location at the old animal shelter located on the county home road south of Vinton.

Vinton Unlimited made a check presentation of $2,500 from the Hotel Option Tax fund. They plan to use the money to install insulation, a freezer and refrigerator and other improvements to the building. 

In 2017, the voters of Vinton passed a ballot measure to establish a 7% hotel/motel tax within the City limits. The tax went into effect on July 1, 2018. Per the Code of Iowa, funds collected must be spent on recreation, convention, cultural or entertainment facilities. Vinton Unlimited has established the Vinton Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Grant program to provide financial support to local organizations for community events, cultural and recreational programming, tourism and various other projects.

Vinton Unlimited accepts applications for the grant awards in November and December and makes the awards in the following year.

This grant fund is made possible through the collection of the hotel/motel tax within the City of Vinton. Groups that hold community events, work to promote the City of Vinton or encourage people to visit Vinton are encouraged to apply. Requests from 501 non-profit organizations or governmental equivalent 170(c)(1) will be considered for the grant.


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