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Castle Rock and Woodland’s visitor centers will each receive $26,000 in the county “Big Idea” tax funds, following an action taken by the Cowlitz County commissioners Tuesday morning.

The commissioners unanimously decided to enter into agreements with the two cities to split the county’s portion of the Big Idea Fund in half. (The Big Idea Fund was created in 2011 by former commissioner James Misner in an attempt to draw more tourists to Cowlitz County. Under it, cities and county’s pool their lodging and tax funds to they can undertake more ambitious tourism-promotion projects.)

Tracy Jackson from the county’s Financial Management office said the county never found a project for its portion of the Big Idea Fund, so it’s splitting the money between Castle Rock and Woodland.

According to Woodland City Administrator Peter Boyce, the new funds will be used to purchase a new sign. Castle Rock Mayor Paul Helenberg said his city’s funds will be used for day-to-day operations at the visitor center.

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