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John Deere Classic Boosts City Sales Tax Revenue

Posted: Updated: Jul 10, 2014 11:05 PM

The Quad Cities brings in a large number of tourists during the John Deere Classic.

Tourists spend money on hotels, food, and gas, boosting sales tax revenue for the cities those amenities are in.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau says all combined, the golf tournament generates $25 million in spending in the Quad Cities.

That's a big boost for local budgets, like Silvis.

It gets one percent of all sales generated in its borders.

The July bump from golf tournament spectators is a welcome boost in town.

"(We) bought a hat, we bought a couple golf balls, couple of what do you call them, huggies, and lunch," says tournament visitor Bonnie Moseley.

This is her first visit to the John Deere Classic. She spent 40 bucks Thursday, and she says it was well worth it.

"This is actually the first time we've come to the John Deere Classic, but we're coming back next year," says Moseley.

Her spending helps boost incomes for local cities. Silvis collects the tax money from the tournament and gets a big bump.

"About $2 million a year in sales to our business owners, and about $23,000 in increased sales tax to the city of Silvis during the month of July," says Silvis City Clerk Jim Nelson.

He says $23,000 in July means $2.3 million was spent. The city only gets one percent of the tax proceeds, but he says that's welcome revenue.

"That's our general fund money, and that's what we operate our police department our streets and bridge, pay our payrolls, it's very important to the city," says Nelson.

The money doesn't stay in Silvis either. Tourists throughout the Quad Cities buying souvenirs, renting cars, and picking up a piece of fruit also add sales tax money to the cities they're in.

"Not only may they stop in Silvis and go out to dinner, or stop and shop at one of our fine establishments, they'll rent a car at the airport, they'll stay at one of our fine hotels in the Quad Cities, gamble at the casino's. There's just tons of things for people to do," says Nelson.

As well as lots of things for people to buy.

"I have a flag pole at my house I got a golf flag pole and I was going to put it on it," says tourist Dalton Mulgrew, showing his new John Deere Classic flag..

The John Deere Classic also brings in millions of dollars to local charities.

The Birdies for Charity program raised over $6 million last year.


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