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Vidalia Adjusting Budget
Tuesday, 12 March 2013

March 12--  The city of Vidalia's operating budget was already tight this year, and now it's even tighter.

City manager Bill Torrance told the city council Monday night the annual franchise payment from Georgia Power is about $100,000 less than budgeted and that city department heads have been told to cut expenses wherever possible.

City finance director Bill Bedingfield reports Local Option Sales tax collections this year are down more than five percent while tax revenue on alcohol is up nearly three percent and the hotel/motel tax is up more than 19 percent.

Meanwhile, the council gave the go ahead to negotiate with a solar company which wants to lease city land off Aimwell Road for solar panels.  Hannah Solar of Atlanta says it will pay $15,000 a year for the lease.

In other actions, the council okayed a license for a new game room on McIntosh Street across from God's Storehouse with the warning that one case of disturbing the peace could lead to revocation.

It approved a temporary alcohol permit to the Vidalia Onion Festival Committee.  It permits the sale of beer from four till ten p.m. Saturday in the area fenced off for the Charley Daniels concert at the airport festival site.

The council also agreed to negotiate with a promoter who wants to bring a Luke Bryan concert to the airport in October.   

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