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LOT FUNDING AHEAD OF 2011 8-1-12 LMS

This yearís Local Option Tax (LOT) revenues are outperforming 2011 by $5,190 according to a report from LOT Commission Chairman Jim Bockelman.

Councilman Bockelman told the August 1st meeting of the Salmon City Council that June revenues were $10,299 which is $3,218 more than June of last year.

At its July 24th meeting the commission discussed concerns recently expressed by Councilman Jim Baker regarding the councilís not having the same amount of information the commission has when it makes its funding recommendations. Baker also questions whether or not each funding request actually fits into the parameters of the LOT ordinance passed by voters.

Bockelman said the LOT Commission has labored over the same questions, especially the one about requests meeting qualifications. He said when the commission reviews requests it always compares them to the ordinance requirements. Another concern of the commission is establishment of a method to accurately track attendance numbers at events to which LOT has contributed funds. Bockelman said the commission will continue to work on improving the funding process.

As to the council being fully apprised of all details regarding funding requests before the commission he said the monthly LOT Commission meetings are open to the public and council members are encouraged to attend.

Bockelman listed topics of discussion by the commission which included a request from the Salmon Golf Association for improvements to the golf course and a letter received from the ownership of the Bear Country Inn.

During the LOT Commission Roundtable segment of the meeting a report was heard from Craig McCallum regarding the 12 Hours of Disco Mountain Bike Race event sponsored by the Youth Employment Program. McCallum said a great time was had by all and that participants praised the Salmon area for its great bicycle riding opportunities. He said the riders plan on returning to the area. The commission also heard that the Century Ride was another bike riding success. Bockelman said the progress on creation of a pump track was another topic of discussion.

The next LOT meeting is set for Tuesday, August 28th at 5:30PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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