KCCVB compromise worth serious consideration

April 16, 2019

The art of compromise once seemed ever present in the political arena.

Divisive splits have made it less evident, but it still does exist, and you don’t need to point any further than a recent offer from the Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau to find a prime example.

The KCCVB largely is funded by a 5 percent hotel tax collected from its six governmental body members — Bourbonnais, Bradley, Kankakee, Kankakee County, Manteno and Momence.

The tax generated $685,885 last year, and of that total, $408,534 came from Bradley, the town where most of the area’s lodging sites are located.

The disparity in contributions has some Bradley officials discussing an adjustment in the agreement so more of those tax dollars remain in village coffers. Thus, the village board has yet to finalize a five-year contract extension with the KCCVB, something the other member communities have done.

To sweeten the pot for all these towns, particularly Bradley, the KCCVB has offered to return 20 percent of all hotel-motel taxes to the town from where they originated. If that provision were in place last year, Bradley would have received a rebate of about $81,706.

Will it be enough for Bradley to enter another five-year agreement and not a short one-year pact trustee Mike Watson, the lawmaker who has most questioned the deal, suggested? That remains to be seen, but compromise already has been shown. A continued display of compromise is the best way to resolve the matter.