Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 5:02 PM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Entire community benefits from marketing efforts

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center would like to thank the Homer City Council for its continued confidence in the chamber/visitor center as the administrator of marketing funds for the city of Homer.

The 505 diverse members of the chamber/visitor center represent a broad section of our community. We will continue to market the city of Homer as a great place to visit, do business, raise a family and/or retire.

Every person in the community benefits from this marketing. Not only do visitors and new businesses bring fresh dollars to circulate through our community, a look at the city website 2010 audited financial statements (page 87) will show that two-thirds of all city tax revenues consistently come from sales tax. On the Kenai Peninsula Borough website you can see that two-thirds of all sales tax is collected in the two quarters that span the summer months. Without visitors we would all be paying much higher property taxes and receiving fewer services.

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is a member-based community association and proud to continue community events like the upcoming Winter Carnival, Cleanup Day and the annual Fourth of July parade, all of which are paid for by our members through sponsorships and dues.

Again, we thank the city council for their continued confidence in our organization.

Happy holidays from the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center,

Monte Davis

Executive director