The Warren County Commissioners hope to establish a procedure by which they can hold some feet to the fire.
The feet under consideration at Wednesday morning's meeting belong to the county's designated tourism promotion agency (TPA) - Warren County Visitors Bureau.
After acting to take the designation away from the Visitors Bureau last September, the commissioners did not receive support from the municipalities necessary to make that action final.
"There has been some conversation about our Visitors Bureau," Commissioner John Bortz said. "I think we all learned a great deal, not only about the Visitors Bureau but about the whole process if we want to hold that organization accountable."
According to the ordinance that established the TPA, the hotel bed tax dollars collected in the county are to be given to that organization. The commissioners investigated the possibility of simply withholding the bed tax, but decided that action is not allowable under the law.
"Unless we have the township officials part and parcel to the accountability, it becomes very cumbersome," Bortz said. "It's time we put some process together."
"We do need to have that oversight," he said. "Maybe it's a meeting once a year."
He suggested the commissioners could work with the county intergovernmental council (COG) or appoint a committee.
"I'd like to dig a little bit deeper into this," Bortz said.
Commissioner Chairman Stephen Vanco said the Venango County model of having multiple organizations work together as the TPA is working.
"I thought they gave a very positive presentation on what they were able to do," Vanco said.
Commissioner John Eggleston said, "They gave lie to the 'need two separate organizations' (for industrial development and tourism promotion) argument. Here's a model that's working just fine."
Whatever oversight the commissioners decide upon, the situation with the Visitors Bureau has changed.
"The Visitors Bureau understands that they're under the microscope," Vanco said. "We'll see what happens."