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COUNCIL APPROVES PROJECTS FOR OPTION TAX FUNDING 5-5-10 LMS

Local Option Tax (LOT) Commission Chairman Jim Bockelman presented two requests for funding to the Salmon City Council May 5th and both were approved.

By council approval and as per voter directives, the city swimming pool will receive $10,000 to help cover recent pool repairs and extensive renovation. The money will be made available by this September. The council also approved the LOT commission recommendation that $530.00 be given to the Gun and Antique Show being held the weekend of May 8th. Bockelman said the show has been an annual event for the last 15 years and brings several gun exhibitors as well as out of town enthusiasts to the area. The two day event contributes to overnight lodging facilities and to downtown businesses. It is also a very popular event for local residents and Bockelman said the commission sees the show as something that is good for Salmon. Because of the council’s approval the funds were to be made available by May 7th.

Bockelman announced that the High School District III golf tournament is going to be held in Salmon May 10-11. Selection of Salmon was made possible due to a change in district rules which now allow the use of a nine hole course for tournament play. He said it is short notice however the high school, Salmon Booster’s Club and the golf course Golf Pro have done a great job of quickly putting the event together with zero dollars in the budget. Bockelman has recommended that the LOT commission consider providing some funding for the tournament since it is another event that is good for the students and the community. The Salmon High School golf team has submitted a funding request which will be heard at LOT’s May 25th meeting. If recommended by the commission and approved by the council the funding will be awarded sometime after the event takes place.

Bockelman advised council members of a possible movie project that is in preliminary stages. He personally recommended that the Chamber of Commerce and the city contact Sharon Solaas for more information since the project could have a positive impact on the community.

The discussion on creating a logo to identify projects being funded by LOT money is continuing. Whatever ‘your-money-at-work’ design is developed it will always be used along with the City of Salmon logo to maintain awareness that support for all events is a community wide effort.

The Local Option Tax Commission meets the last Tuesday of every month and the public is welcome to attend. The meetings begin at 5:30 PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room. Request for funding forms are available at City Hall and must be submitted around the first week of the month in order to be considered at that month’s meeting.


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