ETDC cuts funding request in half

The Kingman city Economic and Tourism Development Commission has cut its funding request to the city council from $560,250 to $277,000.

The commission had more than the $210,000 average available for the past few years because room tax revenue is above budget estimates and because of a carry over from this year.

The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce asked for and received an increase from $128,000 to $162,250.

The chamber tourism support from the city through ETDC was increased about $20,000 in the current budget over the previous year.

Insurance costs for the tourism director, operation of the Route 66 Museum and operation of the Powerhouse facility are reasons for the requested increases, Beverly Liles, Chamber executive officer said.

Chamber President Krystal Burge, former chairwoman of the ETDC, supported the increase.

The $44,000 annual support of Kingman 2005, the city's economic development organization, was recommended to continue at the same level.

Kingman 2005 works with development at the Kingman Industrial Park at the airport, retail development in the city and bringing employers to all parts of the city.

The ETDC recommended $10,000 for the city of Kingman Planning Department to contract for a study of household income levels in the area.

Data from the 2000 Census will be available in June.

That data will allow an update of income figures.

Support for the Kingsmen Rodeo, a softball tournament and Andy Devine Days was recommended to be reduced from $5,000 to $2,500.

The Kingman Air and Auto Show would receive a similar reduction.

Commission applications ask groups seeking funds to indicate how they would become self-sufficient.

The rodeo and air and auto show are both at that point, according to ETDC chairman Wiatt Wong.

The Downtown Merchants Association Antique Show and Street Fair was recommended for $4,000, the same as the current year.

Two new events, the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association and the Grand Canyon Marathon, were recommended for funding.

A Kingman group is preparing a bid for the AJRA state finals and would receive $5,000 from the room tax budget.

The marathon would advertise Kingman and bring runners to the city for a new event along the Grand Canyon beginning near Peach Springs.

The first year entries would be capped at 2,500 runners with growth expected.

The ETDC recommended $10,000.

The ETDC funds are collected by the state from room tax revenue in the city and become a part of the General Fund budget.

The ETDC recommendations will be considered by the city council in the budget process.