seize control over nearly $500,000 in hotel tax grants, and hand them out as she sees fit. When she went so far as to suggest that she might even hand the entire sum over to Andy Daub's Northampton County Historical Society, and let him decide where that money could be best spent, the top of Lamont McClure's head flew off and has yet to land. Daub is a major GOP contributor, and McClure is a Democrat.
Though Executive John Brown fell on the sword for her and took the blame for this incredibly undemocratic idea, I personally think he had no idea himself what the hell she was planning. He quickly reversed course and told Council they would have full authority over these applications, but there were none. Donaher had told these agencies not to bother applying. She had to start the grant process in November, and it is only now tat they have been received and rated by her department.
As you can see below, there are $753,000 in applications, but Donaher is proposing that only $481,000 be awarded. The requests are below. What do you think? This is participatory journalism in which you may have knowledge about these applications that is very beneficial to those who make the final call. I would say that Celtic Classic, the Miracle League and Easton Ambassadors is money well spent. Mobile Stage lighting for the Totts Gap Arts Institute? Not so much.
These grants will be awarded in February.
2016 Hotel Tax Final Recommendations