At its Tuesday meeting, the Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to create a special committee to perform an audit on Escabrosa Grotto, Inc.
Escabrosa is the private contractor that manages operations at Colossal Cave Mountain Park, which is owned by the county. The company’s lease with Pima is up for renewal in 2015.
Supervisor Ray Carroll recommended the audit in a letter to the board. He cited a decline of visitors at the park as one of his concerns.
About 50,000 people visited Colossal Cave in 2010. The park saw less than 38,000 visitors in 2012.
Carroll called the income figures for the park “discouraging,” and said it hasn’t made a profit since 2006.
Supervisor Ally Miller told the board she thinks Escabrosa’s numbers don’t look right.
“I don’t know about the rest of you, but (the figures) indicated there are some serious issues that are going on in terms of the financial situation," she said.
The board’s decision to review park operations follows the June shooting of a female mountain lion at the park. Two of the three men who are accused of being involved in the killing work there.
At the meeting, the board also unanimously voted to give the Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau an additional $3.28 million in funding to promote tourism and business in Tucson.
Also, they approved the extension of FC Tucson's contract through the end of Aug. 2014. The company hosts soccer events at the Kino Sports Complex, and the county expects to generate more than $48,000 in revenue with the contract extension.