Room tax revenue dipped significantly in the second and third quarters of 2009, leading the city scrambling to figure out how to fund budget shortfalls now expected for 2010.

Room tax dollars are used for promotional activities and organizations such as funding the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce.

Revenue from 2009 will fall 15.7 percent behind expectations, but the $15,000 shortfall will be made up with unused funds from the Ripon Community Development Corp.

Continued shortfalls into 2010, however, won’t have an easy fix, especially since the city already told organizations how much money they could expect to receive from room tax dollars.

Read the full story in the Nov. 26, 2009 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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