According to a report in the Aug. 5 edition of the Rhea (Tenn.) Herald-News, the Dayton City Council approved on Monday measures that authorized spending $53,000 to bring two bass fishing tournaments to Lake Chickamauga in 2015.
The FLW Tour will be returning to Chickamauga next June at a cost of $40,000, according to the article. Dayton mayor Gary Louallen cited an increase in sales tax revenues from January to May as evidence that the tournaments have a positive financial impact on the community, although the city recorder added that additional data is needed to show that fishing tournaments were the driving force for the jump in revenue.
Louallen added that he is only considering helping events that will draw at least 100 boats to Dayton. The additional $13,000 will be used for a Heartland Anglers tournament in September 2015.
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