County officials eye more scrutiny on Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau spending

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd speaks about his plan to reallocate $4 million from the county budget during a meeting with the Times Free Press editorial board in March.

The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau wines and dines business clients at local restaurants as it woos them to choose Chattanooga as the place to hold events.

The "wine" part of those restaurant meals could go away if Hamilton County commissioners decide today to approve a resolution by County Commissioner Tim Boyd.

It would require all nonprofit agencies that receive more than 25 percent of their annual operating budget from Hamilton County to adopt county travel and purchasing policies, to provide all financial documents and records of expenses, and to place a county commissioner on their governing boards.

photo Robert Doak, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau

"In Hamilton County policies, there's no reimbursement for liquor," Boyd said.