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Local Option Tax Annual Report

This report covers Local Option Tax Commission business from October 1, 2010 thru September 30, 2011.

The commission consists of nine members, five from the tourist affected business community and four from the different advisory committees of the city. The nine members were Judy Barkley, Chuck Bender, Jim Bockelman, Charlie Cockrell, Bebe Dodds, Bob Daniels, Jim Kluesner, Leo Marshall and Marilyn Nutt.

The Local Option Tax or LOT, a non-property tax, was approved by City of Salmon residents November 2009. The LOT allows for the collection of a 4% tax on rental motel and campground occupancy within the City limits for a period of ten years effective January 1, 2010. This means the clientele of the motels and campgrounds pay the tax.

The specific purpose of the tax shall be for: a) the modernization, maintenance and improvements of the Salmon Valley Community Pool; b) city promotion and development, visitor information, special events, economic growth, marketing, advertising and recreational opportunities; c) direct costs to collect and enforce the tax.

Revenue from 2010/2011 tax year, October 2010 thru September 2011, was just over $77,000 with approximately $89,000 given out. Just under $29,500 unused funds were carried forward from the 2009/2010 tax year, January thru September 2010. Just over $16,000 will be carried forward to the 2011/2012 tax year. Only $446 was used for administrative purposes.

Recipients, events or projects that were granted LOT Funds this tax year were the City Pool, Salmon Hockey, the Salmon Marathon, Heritage Days, Whitewater Therapeutic Riding Assoc, Salmon River Days, the High School District Rodeo, Youth Soccer, Search and Rescue, the Father’s Day Car Show, a more attractive Main St, Youth Baseball, the Festival of Trees, the two Salmon Motocross events, Blues Brews and BBQ, Salmon Valley Racing, Salmon’s History Park, the Wildlands Firefighters Foundation and Salmon area advertising.

Expected revenue for the 2011/2012 tax year should be at least $65,000. Improvements to the Salmon Pool are expected and will be funded. Continued support of the not for profit events and organization with an emphasis on bringing visitors to the Salmon area is another must. Bringing visitors to Salmon, however, will not be the only criteria for funding. Information regarding the LOT is available on line at the City of Salmon web site, www.cityofsalmon.com, as well as funding request forms. Forms packets are also available at City Hall, 200 Main St.

A LOT workshop is being developed and the community will be invited to attend its presentation. The workshop’s purpose is to introduce requestors to the system and instruct them in the mechanics of requesting LOT funds. The workshop will hopefully also be available for on-line access.

Commission members for the 2011/2012 fiscal year are Judy Barkley, Chuck Bender, Jim Bockelman, Charlie Cockrell, Bebe Dodds, Jim Kluesner, Jen Larson, Craig McCallum and Marilyn Nutt.

The LOT meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 5:30 pm in the City Hall Meeting Chambers. All meetings are open to the public.

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