I always wanted to handle one of these over-sized checks, and I MADE this one for presenting to the mayor during our May 4 Ozark Hellbender and Founders Day celebration. Thanks to Dalton Sullivan of the Pocahontas Star Herald for sharing his photo, and for putting it on the front page of last week’s newspaper!
Most folks here don’t think much about tourism, but it’s our state’s second-largest industry, after farming, and when tourists spend money here, it’s taxed. Every local sales tax dollar generated by tourism here is a dollar for local government operations that does not have to be paid by local taxpayers!
The tee shirt I’m wearing in the image above says “Save the Ozark Hellbender” in recognition of local support for saving this endangered species, the world’s largest salamander that now lives only in the upper Eleven Point River here in Randolph County, as well as in a few spots in southern Missouri.