505.80 Encouraging economic development of township or area through promotion of tourism.

The board of trustees of a township may appropriate moneys from its general fund to be expended by the township or by joint agreement with one or more other political subdivisions or by private, nonprofit organizations for the public purpose of encouraging economic development of the township or area through promotion of tourism.

Semiannual reports on the use of the expenditures shall be made to the board of trustees by the chief officer implementing the joint agreement, or the chief officer or board of directors of the private, nonprofit organizations.

As used in this section, "promotion of tourism" is the encouragement through advertising, educational and informational means, and public relations, both within the state and outside of it, of travel by persons away from their homes for pleasure, personal reasons, or other purposes, except to work, to the township, or to the local area.

Effective Date: 04-26-1976 .