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Winder DDA to have more funds for FY15

POSTED: May 27, 2014 2:19 p.m.

The Winder Downtown Development Authority looks to have more money in the upcoming fiscal year to work with in terms of trying to improve downtown.

The City of Winder’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal includes $50,000 for the DDA.

It’s less than last year’s total of $77,000 overall, but none of the funds in the FY15 proposed DDA budget need to be used for salary for a director.

Former DDA director Meredith Cameron, who resigned earlier in the year, was slated to receive a roughly $40,000 pay package that included salary and benefits for the current budget.

In essence, then, the DDA will have at least an extra $13,000 this year to spend (budget does not include the possibility of the DDA generating more revenue from events).

The extra money is possible due to the DDA having previously made the decision to have Winder city clerk April Furman work as the interim DDA director and be paid for the extra work directly through the city.

At the DDA’s monthly meeting Tuesday, the first to include Furman as director, Winder city administrator Don Toms revealed the budget to the members and discussed the breakdown of the $50,000.

The highlight is that the largest portion of the funds – 40 percent or $20,000 – will go toward opportunity investments, such as façade grants, that can be used to stimulate business growth and are a cornerstone of what DDA chairman Chris Maddox wants to accomplish with the DDA this year.

"We have money to do some of the things we’ve always thought the DDA should do," he said.

An additional $15,000 is slated to go to festival expenses (that excludes this summer’s Jug Tavern Festival which already has funding set aside), $10,000 for advertising and promotions and $5,000 for general administration.

City officials have been holding public hearings about the budget before they eventually vote on its passage at a meeting next week.

 

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