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Local Option Tax (LOT) Commission Chairman Jim Bockelman presented the Salmon City Councilís June 1st meeting with details of LOTís most recent funding requests.

Friends of the History Park requested $750 for a mural to be created on the building wall on the west side of the park. The mural will depict the Gilmore and Pittsburg Railroad.

Permission for placement of the mural has been granted by the buildingís owners however the council asked that the permission be documented in writing. Assured that that will be done the council then approved the $750 request. Park Friend Terry Whittier thanked the council and said the goal is to have the mural on the wall in time for Salmon River Days.

Bockelman reported the Lemhi Education Project (LEP) approached the LOT Commission with a request for $8,000 to help fund the projectís 18 month trial period. He said the commission board decided the project did come under the LOT classification of City Development. A motion to make a recommendation to the City Council that LOT monies be used for the education project failed on a commission vote of two in favor and six opposed. Although the request was denied by LOT Bockelman said the commission believes the project would be beneficial to the community and should be funded somehow.

The LOT Commission recommended a $3,000 request from Salmon River Spokes and Chrome to help fund its annual Fatherís Day Car Show event. Noting the eventís long history of great benefits to the community the City Council unanimously approved the funding.

Bockelman said the Salmon Valley Racing Association had submitted a request to the LOT commission however it was received too late for official consideration at the boardís last meeting. It will be reviewed at the commissionís June meeting. Groups are reminded to allow for an up to two month lead time when applying for LOT funds.

Bockelman said that during the boardís May 24th meeting the commission addressed rumblings of discontent brewing among some members of the lodging community who feel the LOT program has done nothing for their businesses. He stated he has personally invited the lodging representatives to LOT meetings and has also invited them to become members of the commission.

All of the LOT Commission meetings are open to the public with the meeting time and place advertised in advance.

This monthís regular meeting will take place on June 27th in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room beginning at 5:30PM. A special LOT fiscal year 2012 budget meeting was held on June 7th at 5:30.
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