Columbus City Council last night approved 16 million dollars in contracts to expand the arts and tourism.
9.5 million in hotel-motel tax money is going to the city's tourism bureau, Experience Columbus, while 6.5 million in bed tax money is going to the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Council member Priscilla Tyson sponsored both of the pieces of annual legislation.
According to the Arts Council's website, Tyson is a member of the organization's board of trustees. The Ohio Ethics Commission is investigating City Council's awarding of municipal contracts to the employers of current or former council members. Council last night also approved a 17.3 million contract with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio to dispose of household refuse. The tipping fees this year are roughly the same as last, due to greater participation in recycling programs and lower fuel costs.