Tax advisory panel approves funding requests for events
Carbon County's restaurant tax advisory board has taken in, considered and approved several funding measures that could bring people and business to the area.
On May 26, College of Eastern Utah athletic director Dave Paur presented the CCTAB with a $25,000 proposal to host next year's men's and women's regional basketball tournament, which would take place in March 2010.
The proposal was approved by the board as a budget recommendation for next year.
Boardmember Nick Tatton supported the proposal.
"There's nothing more invigorating and exciting than participating in such an event," said Tatton. "The community would be crazy not to promote this."
Concerns were brought up as to the amount of adequate hotel space in the area. While more than 300 rooms will be needed for the event, Paur was not overly concerned.
"If we are sold out (of rooms), people can stay in Spanish Fork," said Paur.
Tourism director Kathy Smith also responded to the room space issue.
"I hope we have this problem," commented Smith.
The tournament described by Paur is usually staged in Nevada or Idaho.
While in past years, it has gone to whoever was doing best in the league, a new change in rules has resulted in a rotation system.
"Normally, CSI (College of Southern Idaho) gets the tournament. But with the new rotation, CEU has drawn first for next March," said Paur.
The matter has brought up several issues in terms of funding because, while the event is predicted to bring money to the area, CEU athletics is currently short on cash.
"We've really gotten drilled. Our department has seen a 25 percent decrease in funding," said Paur.
According to the athletic director's information, the tournament may bring around 655 fans, 220 to 245 players, 39 coaches and managers and 13 to 18 administrators to Carbon County.
"We may see more, we may see less. I also want to do the same with volleyball and baseball," said Paur.
Other funding requests approved by the tax advisory board included:
â¢$1,000 for the Grassy Trail Riding Club's advertising efforts.
â¢$2,000 for out of area promotion for Black Diamond PRCA Rodeo.
â¢$640 for the Book Cliffs Trail-Fest 2009.
â¢$2,000 for the Robbers Roost team roping event.
â¢$50,000 for the Evolutionary Gardens expansion project.
Money for the EGEP has been broken down into excavation, $20,000; road base, $10,000; and sewer and water work at $30,000.
With the approval of the $50,000, the application for the money indicates that EGEP expects a $30,000 match and a $50,000 grant from the EDA.
The overall project is intended to give the area a place "to visit," said Reese Barrick, CEU Prehistoric Museum director.
Aside from the approvals, the board confronted the issue of payments that went to the Helper Arts Festival and the Sunnyside Community Daze.
The cities have received checks for tax board monies, but "should not have been funded. We've called the cities and told them that they cannot preform (spend the money)," said Tatton.
The error was determined to be an administrative one and after discussion it was decided to forward the issue to the county commission.