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The restructuring of the Shelby County Tourism Commission became official Tuesday night, when the Simpsonville City Commission gave its final approval to the new plan.
Commissioners passed unanimously – with Scott McDowell and Vicky Wise absent – an ordinance that provided the city a seat on the commission.
Similar ordinances had been passed by Shelby County Fiscal Court and the Shelbyville City Council.
This ordinance also means that any hotels that might be built in Simpsonville – and there is speculation that could happen on Buck Creek Road, in the out lots adjacent to the planned outlet malls – would be subject to paying the county’s tourism tax.
Simpsonville’s seat on the commission would be appointed jointly with by Mayor Steve Eden, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty.
Shelby County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Katie Fussenegger attended the meeting and presented to commissioners copies of the recent audit of the commission.
“There won’t be much change in the way we operate,” she said.
Also at the meeting, commissioners: