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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Attendance is dropping at Colossal Cave, one of southern Arizona's premier attractions southeast of Tucson.

Attendance at the park has dropped from 59,000 four years ago to 38,000 today and Pima County wants to know why.

The drop off in visitors raises another big question: Should the county continue to use tax money to help keep cave tours running?

We talked to park management about that today and they said they want to know why there's been a drop in visitors and how can fortunes be turned around.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park was giving tours nearly a century ago and has remained one of the county's best tourist attractions until recently, when attendance began to fall off.

All the county's attractions like Old Tucson and the Desert Museum were hit hard by the recession but they appear to have bounced back.

That has county officials scratching their heads and calling for an audit of the entire park to see where the problem lies and whether it can be fixed.

Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll was hoping the county would approve the audit today but the board decided to put it off for 30 days to give the people here time to check their records.

Park management said the books are not up to standard and they need the time to do that.

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