Byron City Council agrees to 1 percent increase in hotel-motel tax

Telegraph correspondentOctober 14, 2013 

BYRON -- City Council raised the city’s hotel-motel tax 1 percent Monday at the request of the Byron Convention & Visitors Bureau and with the endorsement of a variety of Byron hotel and motel owners.

Tiffany Peavy, head of the bureau, asked the council to raise the tax from 5 to 6 percent. She said the additional funds collected from the establishments will be used to further promote tourism and persuade people to come to Byron.

At least four hotel owners and managers attended the meeting and agreed the increase was warranted. Peavy said in prior meetings with owners a potential increase to 8 percent was abandoned for the 6 percent figure.

In another matter, Peavy asked council members if they would pay a portion of money owed B.J. Walker Construction for the construction of restroom facilities at the city’s Jailhouse Alley Park. Money for the project is coming from a federal Rural Business Enterprise Grant, but with the U.S. government in a partial shutdown, no checks are being written for the project.

Council agreed to act as a bridge for the funds and pay about $22,000 Peavy asked for to cover construction costs so far. The funds will be repaid to the city when federal check writers return to work and the grant money is received.

Peavy said the overall restroom project at the park would run around $43,000.

Also Monday, Council accepted a quote of $26,450 for repairs to the Byron Public Library from B.J. Walker Construction, the lowest bidder for the work. Council also resolved to execute an agreement with Superior Land Developers Inc. for $20,300 to fix erosion problems at the city’s new industrial park off Boy Scout Road and agreed to move forward with plans to seek stormwater management services from Elmo Richardson of Macon.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.

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