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LOCAL OPTION TAX BUSINESS 5-2-12 LMS

City Councilman and Local Option Tax Commission (LOT) Chairman Jim Bockelman presented the Salmon City Council with a report on the latest funding requests and discussions at the April 24 LOT meeting.

He quoted March revenues as $4,286 which is $481 over March of 2011. In fact all receipts from overnight lodging facilities were nicely ahead of last year.

With the most active months still to come, total year-to-date revenue is $1,344 over the same time period in 2011. Revenue for the first five months of this year totals $54,553 which is $4,526 more than last year at this time.

Four funding requests were heard. Tammy Stringham, Lemhi County Economic Development Association Executive Director, described three ventures for which funds would be appreciated. They included $1,000 for a Buy Local campaign and $1,000 for the Operation Facelift Program. Stringham also requested $5,000 to help create a Development Plan.

Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce representatives Debbie Ellis and Charleane Hermosillo asked that a former $5,000 request labeled “Advertising Fund” be changed to “Tourism Director.” Bockelman explained that the tourism position idea came from a LOT workshop. The chamber was asked to rewrite the funding request to reflect its new purpose.

The four funding proposals will be considered at the LOT commission’s June meeting.

During the meeting’s Public Comment period Salmon City Mayor Leo Marshall pointed out the city employs a Recreation and City Development Director and wondered how the Chamber’s proposed Tourism Director job would differ from the city’s position.

Stringham commented on the possible appointment of a Tourism Director saying she was in support of it because some of the aspects of the job may not be totally handled through the city’s director.

City Recreation Director Judy Barkley said her understanding from the LOT workshop was a Tourism Director is needed but would be a position accountable to a group comprised of business owners, not the chamber.

Bockelman said Breann Westfall of the Salmon Whitewater Park Association presented a report on how the $14,980 which LOT allocated in October of 2010 has been spent. She said the association still has $800 of the original allocation and inquired as to whether the remainder can be kept for future project expenses. The LOT Commission agreed that it could.

One of the LOT Commission’s rules is that a meeting cannot last longer than one hour. Bockelman said since the April meeting had already exceeded the time limit a few items of unfinished business and one topic related to new business will be held over until LOT’s May 22nd meeting. That meeting will take place at 5:30PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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