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STATEHOOD CENTENNIAL PANEL TO SEEK $0 FROM LEGISLATURE

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The Utah Statehood Centennial Commission printed its state appropriation request for members of the community and economic development appropriations subcommittee in big, bold type: $0.

Commission Chairman Steve Studdert told lawmakers Friday that no state funding would be needed. Last month, he had said $500,000 would be sought to cover administrative costs through the end of the year.But since then, Studdert said, commission finances have been examined more closely and a new cash projection prepared. The new projection shows the commission will end 1996 with more than $95,000.

"We dealt with the data we were given," Studdert told the subcommittee when asked why he initially believed funding from the Legislature would be necessary. He said an audit of commission finances has been requested.

The commission had pledged to fund the yearlong celebration of Utah's 100th anniversary as a state without using tax dollars. Studdert said Friday all the necessary funds are being raised.

He was also questioned about the resignation of the commission's former executive director, Kim Burningham. Burningham was placed on leave just before Centennial Week activities began in January and later resigned.

"It was not a personality issue," Studdert said. He did not offer details of why the resignation was sought. "The commission has chosen out of respect for the individual to be silent."

Studdert also addressed concerns raised in the media about whether the centennial celebration included members of ethnic and religious minorities, distributing a list of grants "wholly honoring Utah's cultural diversity."