Following the end of the first fiscal year last year, the Leitchifeld Tourism Commission had an audit conducted.
At the commission’s January meeting,accountant Dan Drane, of Drane& Company, PLLC , delivered the audit which reported a total net asset $532.872
A total of $657,433 was collected this fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2012. The primary source of income came from a three-percent restaurant tax and one-percent hotel tax.
Tourism director Ilsa Johnson said, “I was surprised at the total amount collected. We have been very cautious spending money so far while we waited for these numbers to come in.”
The commission continues to work on project that will promote tourism in the city of Leitchfield.
“We do have several projects in the works and ideas for several more that would provide activities and bring tourists to the city,” said Johnson. “A few of the projects we are looking at are a new baseball park and something with the arts council. “
The commission took on a project to build a pavilion, originally started by the city, at Firefighter’s Park on HWY 259, spending $13,613 in 2012. The project is scheduled to be complete before the spring season.
In addition to the pavilion, they are adding a splash pad and water features that will be available to the public at no charge this summer.
Ideas for an indoor pool earlier in the year were scrapped when price tag was more than the commission was willing to spend. $37, 526 was spent gathering information for this project. An outdoor pool is in the works to replace the aged pool on Wallace Avenue. The new pool is expected to be complete in summer of 2014.
During the year the commission spent $6,335 for start-up expenses, $16,351 for billboard and $51,139 on construction already in process.
The commission ended the year with net assets totaling $532,876