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NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS Th ursday, May 7, 2015 Airway Hei hts admission tax to help fund and Recreation d S, LS LS ,e It Y ~S a I- Ls 'S L- h n )r )r By AL STOVER S taft Reporter The Airway Heights Parks and Recreation Department has projects on its agenda but paying for them is one of the obstacles that prevented them from being completed• That could change, however, with the department getting a new revenue source. At its May 4 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council passed the first reading of Ordinance C-852, which amends the city's municipal code to designate the admissions tax as a funding source for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. According to the ordinance, the city will dedicate the revenue it receives from the admissions tax as a permanent funding source to enhance the Parks and Recreation Departments" services, activities and leisure experiences. The city collects a tax on a sale or charge made to each person who pays an admission fee to attend an event• Parks, Recreation and Commu- nity Services Director J.C. Kennedy said he had been lobbying for the ad- missions tax to be used as a funding source for the Parks and Recreation Department since the city estab- lished the tax back in 2008. "This is a tax that people pay while they are enjoying a recreation activity in the city, so it makes sense that the tax should go back to the department," Kennedy said. As the city was preparing its 2015 budget, Kennedy spoke with City Council and explained why his department needed a stable funding source. "I've got all these projects that cost millions of dollars but almost no funding stream to do any of that," Kennedy said. "Once I got the chance to talk, they listened." The ordinance will also help the city accomplish one of its 2015-16 community goals: "to expand rec- reational services, programs and improvements for Airway Heights. Kennedy said having a dedicated revenue source will allow the de- partment to prioritize projects as it prepares to update its master plan. "There are residents who em- brace the Parks and Recreation De- partment and they want to see us grow and expand our programs," Kennedy said. "Now we'll have a dedicated funding source to do this. Hopefully that revenue will grow and we can start making improve- ments." Al Stover can be reached at continued from page 1 ous waste, seemed to be popular among residents, Ableman said, although the amount received is difficult to quantify. "(We) took in 20 containers of house- hold hazardous waste products," Able- man said in an email. Also down was the number of tires residents dropped off at Les Schwab. Ableman said 60 tires were brought in, which is actually a good number since getting residents to properly dispose of old tires and other household debris throughout theyear has been a focus of the city's efforts to enforce its nuisance codes. "That's not a bad thing because we're getting caught up on tires," Able- man said. "We've made an effort the last couple of years to round up tires that are lying around." In a collaboration with Cheney Federal Credit Union, 2,400 pounds of personal documents were brought in to a shredding truck at the credit union furnished by United Data Security to dispose of during Clean Sweep• In a news release, the credit union also said 200 pounds of food were collected to be donated to Cheney Food Bank. The decline in tonnage led to the lowest expense for Clean Sweep over the past five years• The city paid a net amount of $562.83, calculating expenses for garbage at $493.80, and $298•18 for building materials while receiving a $229.15 credit from disposal of metals. By comparison, Cheney paid $1,062•02 in 2013, receiving $709.90 for metals while also having the building material disposal fee donated. "All in all it was a great day," Able- man said of this year's Clean Sweep. 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