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FUNDS FOR EDUCATION PROJECT 2-5-14 LMS

Salmon City Councilman and Local Option Tax Chairman Jim Bockelman presented the February 5 council meeting with a request for Local Option Tax monies from the Lemhi Education Project.

The request is for $2,864 to be used in advertising the educational opportunities that are available locally and promoting those post-secondary education opportunities. He said for example there is an opportunity to become a medical coder through a program offered locally through Idaho State University. He said that currently the hospital is hiring out of area coders to do the work.

Later in the meeting Jo Schroeder further explained the need for educating residents to the local educational opportunities of which many are unaware. She said people believe there is no way to obtain a further education here and that is not the case. Bockelman added the LOT commission recommended the council approve the requested funding and he cited the medical coder course as a potential local job. The council unanimously approved the request.

A follow up request has been received from the Salmon Arts Council for $1,000 to go toward the 2013 Blues, Brews and BBQ. Bockelman said that LOT did supply a portion of the groupís initial request and due to funds not being available at the time the Arts Council was asked to reapply for the rest at a later date. He said in hind sight the commission feels it was not the best avenue to take. He said the commission wants to discuss the request further with the Arts Council.

According to Finance Director Amy Fealko the December 2013 LOT income was $2,679 which is $80 more than December 2012 and $703 more than December 2011. Total funds available amount to $23,089.

Bockelman said new members to the commission were welcomed at the January 28 LOT meeting and there was much discussion regarding the philosophy of how the LOT Commission considers funding requests. The funding guidelines of the LOT Ordinance were explained. They are: Modernization, maintenance and improvements of the Salmon Valley Community Swimming Pool plus city promotion and development through visitor information, special events, economic growth, marketing, advertising and recreational opportunities. Some funds also go to the collection and enforcement of the voter approved Local Option Tax.

All LOT Commission meetings are open to the public. The next one will be February 25 at 5:30 in the Sacajawea Centerís Learning Center.


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