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A&P Commission considers funding requests

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While more than 20 organizations have asked for money from the Texarkana, Arkansas Advertising and Promotion Commission, city officials says not everyone will get their request.
    
Each year, the A&P Commission allocates money received from the city's sales tax revenue to organizations who improve the quality of life for citizens and promote tourism.
    
The commission has about $172,000 to distribute for 2014, but it has more than a million dollars in funding requests.
    
Mayor Wayne Smith says he understands the 21 organizations who requested funds work on a limited budget and need the city to support tourism.

"All of these A&P dollars provide services that we would not ordinarily be able to provide to our community," said Smith.
 
More than $6 million dollars in A&P funds have been pledged for the new Arkansas Convention Center and Holiday Water Springs Park over the next two decades, but state law dictates that cities may provide A&P funding for the operation of such projects if the city owns an interest in the project.
    
Texarkana, Arkansas has very little ownership of the convention center and water park.
    
Smith has asked the state attorney general's opinion on the matter.
    
Meanwhile, the commission will consider how their limited funds will be distributed.
    
Texarkana Chamber of Commerce has requested $47,000.
    
President Jeff Sandford says he hopes the commission will allocate the money fairly and in the best interest of the city.

"It helps our businesses locally," explained Sandford. "It helps our economy at the very least stabilize and the very best grow."

The A&P Commission will meet on November 5th to announce which organizations will receive funding.

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