Live updates from Georgetown City Council budget meeting (Updated 7:04 p.m.)

  • Friday, May 4, 2012

Georgetown City Council is debating the 2012-13 budget. The following are some highlights from the meeting:
• City Administrator Chris Eldridge says the city has been going back and forth with the Department of Revenue because A-taxes collected at three hotels in the city have been sent to Georgetown County.
The money is supposed to stay in the city.
“It’s been going on for six months. That’s how bad the Department of Revenue is,” Eldridge said.
• Councilman Paige Sawyer said he would like to see money spent improving the Bobby Alford Center at East Bay Park. He also said more public restrooms are needed for the park.
Sawyer said he routinely hears rumors that townhouses will be built at East Bay Park.
“The deed has restrictions on it stipulating it must remain a recreation park. Houses cannot be built on the property.
• Council says they do want to spend some money with the Georgetown Business Association for promoting the city.
But, they will not allocate the $200,000 the GBA is requesting.
Councilman Brendon Barber said most businesses see no benefit from the recent TV advertising promotions.
“I have heartburn with $200,000,” Barber said.
Sawyer said he thinks the TV ads have generated a good response.
Councilman Rudolph Bradley said any promotion that is done needs to promote the whole city, not just the Historic District.
The amount the city will allocate has not been decided.
• Councilwoman Peggy Wayne noted there is no money in the proposed budget for any improvements in Maryville.
She repeated a request she first made last month that the ditches in Maryville be piped and covered.
She said the work is needed to improve the looks of the area and for the safety of residence.
There is $200,000 budgeted for ditch covering.

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