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Richland County will re-evaluate hospitality tax

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Richland County Council decided against major changes to how the way the county would have spent around $5.4 million in hospitality taxes.

Those changes would have taken money from several of the county's museums, such as the Columbia Museum of Art, EdVenture, and the Historic Columbia Foundation, and allocated it in more rural parts of the county.

The motion has been set aside until October.

Instead, five members of the county council will examine the ordinance that created the H-tax. That committee faces five tasks, including defining what tourism is in the county. They will also determine if the two museums, and the Historic Columbia Foundation should remain "ordinance agencies", meaning they would continue to receive a set amount of money each year from the H-tax.

While those cuts are on hold, there is good news for the Columbia Ballet. Going into the third reading, the council has voted to increase the group's funding by more than $9,000. However, using $65,000 for a hip-hop concert at the Carolina Sunsplash did not make the cut.

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