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This yearís Local Option Tax (LOT) revenues for January and February are ahead of last year according to a quarterly report presented to the Salmon City Council by the cityís Recreation Director Judy Barkley.

She told the April 4 meeting that monies collected from lodging facilities this January exceeded last yearís totals by $725 and revenues from February were $240 over 2011 returns. Given the positive trend it is the commissionís opinion there will be enough revenue to fund its recommendations by the time the money is needed.

LOT Commission member Chuck Bender presented the council with ten funding recommendations which totaled up to $29,829.

The $8,000 needed to purchase an Americans with Disabilities Act required chairlift for the Salmon Swimming Pool was the first item listed and recommended. The chair has to be in place before the pool can open for the season.

Up to $2000 was recommended for the annual Sacajawea Center Heritage Days celebration. The commission designated that the money go towards promotion of the event, an historical reenactment group, Dutch oven cook-off supplies and porta potties. The yearly celebration brings around 100 people to the area and some of them use overnight lodging accommodations.

The annual District One High School Rodeo Finals have been held in Salmon since the 1950ís. In recent years the end of May event has been bringing approximately 200 visitors to the area for the three day finals. Full time on site ambulance services are a requirement and were it not for the generous donations of time by Salmonís EMTís, would be very expensive. The LOT Commission recommended funding of up to $1500. If any of that amount is not used it will be returned to LOT for expenditure elsewhere. The same is true for all monies awarded under the LOT program.

The Youth Employment Program requested $4300 for the 12 Hours of Disco Mountain Bike Race it is sponsoring. It is a first time event and the LOT funds would be spent for marketing, USC Official Timekeeping Services, porta potties and trash removal. The 12 hour marathon is scheduled for mid May. Organizers anticipate visitors will be using local lodging facilities for two nights. The LOT Commission recommended that an amount of up to $3500 be awarded.

The Salmon Arts Council asked for $4900 to help fund the 8th Annual Blues, Brews and Barbeque event held on the first Saturday of August. The gathering of cooks, musicians and breweries has become a local favorite and last year was attended by over 500 people. The LOT funding is designated to be used only on marketing and the event fees listed in the request.

The annual Lemhi Valley Century Ride is scheduled to take place at the end of June and has drawn more people each year. The LOT Commission recommended approval for the eventís $700 request.

The Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Association is hosting the Wylie Wild West Concert in late June as a fund raising event. The association requested up to $585 to help with venue, publicity and lodging needs. The commission recommended approval of the request.

The Lemhi Little League Baseball Association asked for $5600 to help fund its annual All Star Tournament that brings 18 teams plus family members to town for a two day stay. The LOT Commission suggested the City Council approve up to $3890 for tournament needs with a stipulation that the money not be used to purchase all star uniforms.

The Fall Education Meeting of the Idaho Golf Course Superintendentís Association is scheduled to be held here in early October. Salmon Valley Golf Course Superintendent Josh Tolman requested $2500 to go towards the cost of bringing in professional speakers and educators for the meeting. An average of 70 people are expected to attend and Tolman said that means 50 room nights, the rental of a local conference room for two days and catering for breakfast, lunch and snacks. The LOT Commissioner recommended the up to $2500 request.

There will be a repeat of last yearís very well received plant watering Main Street beautification program sponsored by the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce. The LOT Commission recommended that up to $2500 be awarded for the project.

The Salmon City Council unanimously agreed with all ten of the LOT Commission recommendations and gave permission for the funds to be awarded.

The next meeting of the Local Option Tax Commission will be April 23 at 5:30 PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

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