Spartanburg City Council welcomes new member
New District 3 Council member Rosalyn Henderson Myers sworn-in
City Council welcomed a new member at their first meeting of 2016. Rosalyn Henderson Myers, who defeated incumbent Robert Reeder for the District 3 Council seat in November, thanked supporters. "I look forward to serving the citizens of Spartanburg, and to making a difference in the community. This is an exciting time," she added. With the addition of Myers, Spartanburg City Council now has the first female majoirty in its history. Also sworn-in for new terms were returning Council members Sterling Anderson representing District 1, and Jan Scalisi representing District 2.
Also at Monday's meeting, Council heard an update on the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The City received the highest possible rating from independent auditors Greene, Finney and Horton, LLP and for the 22nd consecutive year, received an award of excellence for financial reporting. The City finished fiscal year 2015 with a small deficit of $270,000, the first in six years, due to increases in employee medical expenses, as well as overtime costs and workers compensation claims. General Fund revenues were up around 2.4 percent over 2014, and Hospitality Tax revenues were up 6.5 percent, indicating strong growth for Spartanburg's restaurant sector.
For more on Monday's City Council meeting, see the full video and roundup of our live tweets below.