Recently Lake Havasu City's wayfinding program funding was OK’d by that community’s city council. $570,750 was allocated to the wayfinding program, which will begin in the next fiscal year. The program would make Lake Havasu City the first community in Arizona to have a wayfinding program,
The idea is not without controversy. It was opposed by Mayor Mark Nexsen because of his belief that the residents of Lake Havasu were not behind the idea of paying a lot of money for signage. However Vice Mayor Don Callahan countered that the city is spending a lot of money on capital improvement projects to enhance its status as a tourist attraction and that a wayfinding system is necessary to help tourists find various attractions. The idea is that if people can easily navigate the city, they will stay longer and thus drive up the economy. In turn the money that the tourists spend would be return to the city in the form of sales, gas and other taxes.
However, previously, the Mohave county government had declined to allocate $300,000 for signage in Lake Havasu City. The county is suffering from a budget shortfall for its upcoming fiscal year. It was also argued that providing a wayfinding system for Lake Havasu City would constitute a slippery slope, since other communities in Mohave County, such as Bullhead City and Kingman, would demand their own signage. Thus Lake Havasu City is being obliged to shoulder the cost of the system that it expects to benefit from.
Thus the city will now establish a series of wayfinder maps that will make it easier to navigate. It will enable tourists and residents alike to find attractions in the resort more easily, making it a more attractive community to visit and to live in.
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June 05th, 2014