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Bonuses, salaries paid by lodging tax private in North Carolina city

In North Carolina, the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau is run on public money, yet details on how the bureau spends a large part of that cash is kept private.

The bureau has an almost $9 million budget funded by a local lodging tax. Twenty full-time and three part-time workers, including the executive director, draw their pay from that pot of money. That’s a total of $1.7 million in salaries, benefits and bonuses. Continue…