Projects pull tourism dollars
With the unanimous approval of the Box Elder County commission, over $125,000 in Tourism Tax Revenue grants was divvied out to 42 separate projects across the county. The grant money comes to the county through taxes assessed at local restaurants and hotels, and projects geared to bringing in tourists and their wallets are given priority.
Steve Atwood, representing the Tax Advisory Board, told commissioners the group spent four hours going over the numbers trying to decide which projects should receive funding and to what extent, after requests totaling $244,000 were submitted.
The final numbers gave grants out to many “return petitioners” but six new organizations or individuals were on this year’s list of recipients, Atwood said.
One of those was Brad Garfield of Tremonton, who requested tourism money to help with a hunting expo planned at the Box Elder County Fairgrounds. Atwood said Garfield already had 58 vendors lined up for his “hunter targeted flea market.”
Two of the biggest funding beneficiaries were the Shuman Park Splash Pad, which garnered $15,000 in tax revenue, and a target system for the Three Mile Creek shooting range in Perry, a venture that took $12,500 of the grant money.
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