Joint Corinth/Alcorn County board approves tourism budget adjustments

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – In a joint meeting of the Corinth Board of Aldermen and Alcorn County Board of Supervisors earlier this week, the two groups voted to approve requests from the recently reconstituted tourism council to make some adjustments in the agency’s budget.
The joint city/county board had directed the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau/tourism council to adhere in its spending to a line item budget approved for the CVB in September 2012.
However, since some categories on the line item budget for the approximately $333,000 allocated for the CVB’s FY 2013 budget were already overspent, the tourism council requested that funds be reallocated so they could function effectively through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
The joint city/county board approved combining funds from several lines of the funds from which grants are awarded so pending grant requests can be considered for funding.
They also approved combining several lines under the general heading of advertising and promotion so that specific advertising programs can be properly funded.
In addition to the funds which are sent to the tourism council each month from the 1 percent tourism tax that supports the agency, the joint board approved immediately transferring $18,000 of surplus money which has accumulated in tourism’s tax account with the city.
Usually the city would transfer any such surplus funds to the CVB at the end of the fiscal year.
Members of the CVB board, which took office in January, said having these changes approved will help them function more smoothly, without a constant need to approach the joint city/county board for approval of allocation changes.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com