Tourism president defends Chattanooga's Visitor's Bureau

CVB President Bob Doak speaks to the Hamilton County Commission.

After a month of trading shots with Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd over how it spends its money and possible revenue cuts, the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau took the fight directly to the commission floor this morning.

Boyd has accused the CVB, on track to receive $7.8 million in hotel/motel tax revenue this year, of lavish overspending, citing his recently published review of the agency's internal audit paperwork. By state law, those documents - labeled "working papers" - are not public record. Boyd has also recommended slashing $2 million of CVB's revenue stream to pay the debt on a proposed $10 million athletic complex at Howard High School.

Last week, CVB attorneys sent a letter to the Hamilton County Attorney Rheubin Taylor threatening legal action against the county commission if Boyd persists.