Visit Baton Rouge board declines $75,000 payment to Miss USA

Visit Baton Rouge board declines $75,000 payment to Miss USA

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge tourism board voted to deny a final $75,000 payment to the Miss USA pageant at a meeting on Thursday.

CEO of Visit Baton Rouge says that their agency has already paid $100,000 to the pageant, and spent about $25,000 to promote the event. The event was supposed to be broadcast by NBC, but was pushed to the Reelz Network after controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants from the pageant's owner Donald Trump. Some city officials felt as though they did not get the full return on their investment, considering that Reelz does not have as wide of a reach as NBC.

According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, two Visit Baton Rouge board members asked about the possibility of being sued by Trump.

In other business, the Visit Baton Rouge Board of Directors say that financial obligations to the Miss Universe organization have been fulfilled. The board also accepted over $70,000 from the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Administration Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund.

This money will go towards paying off a digital billboard used to promote tourism and other related events.

The financial report presented by the tourism board also showed that occupancy tax collections from area hotel stays for the month were 7.5 percent above what was budgeted, but is down 3 percent from August 2014.

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