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VISITORS BUREAU REDUCES BUDGET FOR 1991 FALLS AGENCY DRAFTS $943,000 SPENDING PLAN

The Niagara Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau Wednesday announced its 1991 budget will total $943,000, $53,000 less than this year's $996,827.

The major reductions will be administrative costs, down $8,000, and a $15,000 cut in office supplies and equipment.

The current budget, which includes nearly $100,000 more in bed tax receipts than in the original budget, allowed the bureau to make a $35,000 contribution to the Festival of Lights. There is nothing budgeted for the festival in next year's budget.

The bureau has at least $825,000 in bed tax revenues coming from the City of Niagara Falls for 1991. Mark G. Gatley, bureau executive director, recently said occupancy rates for the fourth quarter looked good and he expected the $825,000 to be increased once final figures are in.

The bureau's belt-tightening efforts will curb various administrative costs and could get the bureau into at least lukewarm water with a national organization. Among the casualties is $2,700 earmarked for the International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, a mandatory commitment, according to Director of Convention Sales Teresa Kuca.

"We just don't have the money," she said.

The bureau has not been officially excused from its commitment, she said, but is awaiting it. The bureau also halved its usual $1,500 for the annual summer season kickoff breakfast.

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