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Mayor: Museum spends most tax revenue on salaries

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Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse says the National Civil War Museum spends most of its funding from the hotel tax on salaries.

Papenfuse said a marketing report provided by the museum shows it spends 66 percent of its funding from hotel tax revenues on salaries, with only 15 percent of the funds going to marketing.

Papenfuse wants to suspend hotel tax allocations to the museum. He says the money should be used to market the entire city, not just one facility.

Harrisburg City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to support his proposal.

Dauphin County commissioners allocate a portion of hotel tax revenues to be used for marketing of the City of Harrisburg. The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau distributes and allocates some of the funds, with a large portion going to the National Civil War Museum in an agreement negotiated under the administration of Mayor Stephen Reed.

Papenfuse says the city can no longer afford to subsidize the National Civil War Museum. He says the museum pays $1 a year in rent to the city for a building that could bring in at least $500,000 annually.

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