Spartanburg City Council gets first details on next fiscal year's budget.
More budget meetings to come
Council got their first taste of the upcoming fiscal year 2013-2014 budget at Monday's meeting. Assistant City Manager Chris Story said that staff expects a slight increase in business license growth, and that hospitality tax revenues were on the rise, signs that the local economy is picking up. Expenditures are expected to remain close to the same this fiscal year. The city spends 68 percent of its budget on core services such as Public Safety, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation. Monday's information session was just the first step to passing next year's budget, and Council will be dealing more with the details of the budget in the coming weeks.
In other business:
° Council heard from Communications Manager Will Rothschild on the department's efforts in the past year and a half implement a new communications and marketing strategy. In addition to launching a new website, the City has drastically increased its social media presence, nearly doubling the number of Twitter followers to over 1,800, and creating a new Facebook page with more than 1,400 "likes." The City has also increased the number of videos produced for the web, and started a weekly podcast to keep citizens up to date with the latest of what's going on around town.
° Council approved this year's CDBG funding allocations 5-0. CDBG dollars are federal monies issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and allocated by city governments to address specific community needs. To view a full list of this year's allocations, follow this link.
° Council approved 5-0 an ordinance rezoning 809 John B. White, Sr. Blvd. from general residential to limited office to allow the property owner to rent the home on the property as an office space.
For the full details on Monday's Council meeting, see our full video below as well as a roundup of our live tweets from the meeting.