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OPTION TAX REPORT 5-4-11 LMS

Local Option Tax Commission Chairman Jim Bockelman has presented the Salmon City Council with a report on the commission’s April meeting and updated the council on projects previously funded by LOT.

He told the May 4th council meeting that the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce has spent $572 of the $3,500 approved for the Main Street Summer Flower Basket program. The balance of allocated funds will be used to pay the flower watering person’s wages. Of the $10,000 approved for Tourism Advertising $5,617 has been spent and good results have been seen in the number of new visitors to the Chamber’s website since the ad campaign began. Bockelman said the commission and local merchants would like to see greater advertising emphasis placed on bringing visitors to the area in the slack business months

Survey and engineering reports for the proposed Whitewater Kayak Park were presented at the April LOT meeting. LOT provided $15,000 for the engineering phase of the project and detailed report of expenses will be completed and submitted. The project will now enter the permitting phase.

Bockelman reported that over 25 people were involved in the Whitewater Therapeutic Riding Association instructor certification clinic which LOT helped to fund. Three trainers from outside the area stayed in local lodging facilities for four nights and five of the twelve people who attended the clinic were from out of town. The clinic was rated as very well organized as well as a credit to the community. One of the results of the clinic is that Whitewater now has five more certified instructors.

A financial review shows revenue for the first quarter of this year was down from last year by $1,735. Most of the lower revenue figures occurred in March. The year-to-date revenue total is $22,824.

Bockelman said LOT has been informed by organizers that the “Tractor Pull” is not going to take place therefore; the up to $5000 allocated for that event will be made available for other LOT requests.

This month’s LOT meeting is scheduled for May 24th at 5:30PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room. The public is welcome to attend. LOT funding request forms are available at the City Hall front desk.


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