Urbana mayor stands behind decision to cut visitor's bureau funding

     The mayor of Urbana is standing by her decision to cut funding to the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

     Mayor Laurel Prussing was a guest today on the WDWS NewsTalk 1400-AM morning show with Dave Gentry and Elizabeth Hess.

     Prussing cut nearly $72,000 of funding for the bureau in June.  There's since been a heated debate on whether to restore a portion of the funding.
     Prussing, however, says the city is just not getting a return on its investment.

Hear from Mayor Prussing on the CVB's impact.

     Prussing says the money that would have gone to the CVB has been used to hire two police officers.  She says that's a good first step in making sure city departments are running efficiently.

Hear Mayor Prussing talk about city operations.

    The topic of CVB funding is expected to be brought up again at this Monday's Urbana City Council meeting.  Council members could give final approval to giving nearly $19,000 to the group.


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David Illinois wrote on September 29, 2011 at 6:09 am

I don't say this often, but I am proud of the mayor!

cretis16 wrote on September 29, 2011 at 11:09 am

WOW...a democrat not in favor of more taxes in liberal Urbana no less.....fantastic!!

Brooke Gunther wrote on March 05, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Good choice for the mayor! I want to know on how to become a police officer and serve in their community.