Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Granted Clean 2021-22 Audit

Debbie Fuller and Calhoun & Company delivered positive news to the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist & Convention Commission earlier this week, announcing the organization produced a clean audit for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

She noted nearly $700,000 in revenue was generated through the office during this stretch, stemming from 77% in restaurant tax, 20% in transient tax, 2% in grant revenue and 1% in matching funds.

Furthermore, there were nearly $600,000 of incurred expenses — 36% of which went to advertising Cadiz and Trigg County amenities, 21% for interlocal revenue sharing, 19% in office salaries, 6% in events, and a 18% in miscellaneous projects and concerns each accounting for less than $15,000.

Two of the larger single-item offerings from the budget, she added, were a $20,000 donation for the “Put A Roof On It” leadership project for the Cadiz-Trigg County Farmer’s Market, and the annual $20,000 promise to the Trigg County Country Ham Festival.

Revenue was up nearly 10% from 2021 to 2022, and expenses were up 18% in the same span. But the carry over eclipsed $131,000 two years ago, and $100,000 now.

In other tourism news:

— Governor Andy Beshear will be in Murray on the campus of Murray State University the afternoon of July 21, presenting leaders of Calloway and Trigg counties another disbursement of ARPA funds. Many western Kentucky allies are expected to be in attendance.

— September 16 has been slated for the Food & Music Festival at the West Cadiz Park. Executive Director Bill Stevens noted it will run from 10 AM until 4 PM. Vendor applications will be sent out the first week of August.

— Deepak Patel was reappointed board chair, with John Oliphant selected as treasurer. J.B. Moore is serving his final moments as the Chamber of Commerce appointee since he no longer sits on the chamber’s board, while Lake Barkley State Resort Park Director Ashley Stevenson is expected to soon take the seat left behind by former Director David Miller.