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Corinth area tourism board out after budget dispute

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On the crossroads of two busy highways, tourism and visitors are a big part of Corinth, Mississippi's economy. On the crossroads of two busy highways, tourism and visitors are a big part of Corinth, Mississippi's economy.
Corinth's 7-member CVB board out, after city and county leaders voted on Wednesday. Corinth's 7-member CVB board out, after city and county leaders voted on Wednesday.
Irwin said the city and county felt like there was still enough left for the CVB in the approved budget. Irwin said the city and county felt like there was still enough left for the CVB in the approved budget.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) –  On the crossroads of two busy highways, tourism and visitors are a big part of Corinth, Mississippi's economy.

After a failed compromise, Mayor Tommy Irwin said the Corinth Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau (CVB) board was given a line-item budget that included a quarter of a million dollars for the town's arena, and a salary reduction for two employees.

But the 7-member-board of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitor's bureau is out, after city and county leaders voted on Wednesday.

But CVB Director Kristy White can't figure out why, she says revenues were up last year.

"We do all the advertising we publish all the materials, all the maps and visitors guides," White said.  "We just did not see this coming in that we thought we were doing a good job," she added.

"They had not cut the salaries back like we had asked them to do," Mayor Irwin explained.

Irwin said the city and county felt like there was still enough left for the CVB in the approved budget. But he said the board's choice not to make the salary cuts was a big liability.

"It wasn't a request it was passed by law, two bodies of government, city and county," the mayor said.

White's been in her position for several years, but resigned on Thursday.

"What it boils down to is undervaluing our services," White said.

The Mayor doesn't think anyone from the CVB board did anything criminal, but a budget is a budget.

"That's how much money you've got each month and when you're not following that, you're over spending, and that's a real problem," Irwin said.

City and County leaders will meet on Friday to discuss appointing new board members.  Some of the old board members could get their positions back.

Action News 5 will follow the developments, and let you know what happens.

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