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Tourism commission reviews funding applications

The Kingman Economic and Tourism Development Commission Thursday reviewed five applications for funding during the next fiscal year.

The ETDC recommends a budget to the Kingman City Council from money collected from the room tax.

Last year, the budget was $191,554.

Recent room tax revenues have been running behind last year's estimate and projection for the next year's budget should reflect the caution signs, said City Manager Lou Sorensen.

The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism budget request for $128,000 is up $7,000 from the current year.

The current budget included a $7,000 carryover.

Beverly Liles, president and chief executive officer of the chamber, said the funds operate the Powerhouse Visitor Center Tourist Information Counter and chamber efforts to bring more visitors to Kingman.

Two new events in the current year are the Arizona High School Rodeo and the Power Tour 2001 that will bring 2,000 cars and use 500 motel rooms May 10.

Kingman 2005 requested $44,000, the same as the current year, to fund the economic development activity in the city and at the Kingman Airport Industrial Park.

The city has budgeted $44,000 to Kingman 2005 annually.

The mission is to increase jobs, sales tax and property tax through support of existing business and recruiting new business.

Targeted are light manufacturing, warehouse and distribution centers, tourism facilities, and transportation and retail/service business.

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