Corinth CVB budget ready for approval

The Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is asking for a slight increase for Fiscal Year 2014.

The total budget amount of $588,550 is about $5,000 higher than the $583,000 anticipated in last year’s budget, generated by one-half of the 2 percent tourism tax.

Throughout the fiscal year the tourism tax has seen a steady increase in revenue for the CVB and for the Crossroads Arena bricks-and-mortar fund, where the other 1 percent from the tourism tax goes to retire debt on the arena.

The proposed budget includes $200,000 allocated to the Crossroads Arena, which is $50,000 less than the amount from the tourism budget allocated to the arena in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

The CACVB board adopted its budget recommendation on Tuesday, and will pitch it to city and county leaders soon.

Board president Russell Smith and secretary Sandy Mitchell will make the presentation at the Aug. 6 Corinth board meeting while Executive Director Christy Burns is out of town for training. Burns will make the presentation to the Alcorn County board at its mid-month August meeting.

Crossroads Arena General Manager Tammy Genovese told the CVB board at last month’s meeting that the arena expected to generate revenue to make up for its lower budget request.

Line item allocations in the budget remain largely the same as last year.

The board also voted Tuesday to expand the role of Nickels Media beyond its current responsibility for marketing and advertising to include the CVB’s online presence and activity at a rate of $850 per month. Zack Steen, who has handled much of the online activity for the CVB during this fiscal year, will continue to be called on by the CVB for IT needs and paid on an hourly basis.

A disagreement between the previous CVB board and the city and county over budget allocations for the FY2013 budget led to dismissal of all those board members and a new CVB board was seated in January 2013.

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