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City Council Meets Tonight

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The Carbondale City Council meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda is online on the city’s website (click here). There are only four items on the general business agenda: TIF funds for Coleman Rentals at 210 E. Walnut, an ordinance adopting a labor agreement with police, the chicken ordinance (again), and a discussion of community and economic development organization funding requests.

I’d expect the TIF and labor agreement items to be fairly uncontroversial. I’m hoping the chicken ordinance will be uncontroversial too, but the city has been working on it since February 2010, and there have been numerous delays. This looks like the last step, though, so maybe it will go quickly.

I expect the final item, discussion of community and economic development organization funding, to take awhile. The public always turns out to comment at these meetings, and often at length. That alone would make for a long meeting, but it looks like conflict is brewing over the Carbondale Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Mayor Fritzler wants to cut $120,000 from the CCTB budget and transfer that money to the general fund. Jackson County, which provides a small amount of money to CCTB is considering withdrawing all funding. No decision will be made at tonight’s meeting, but the discussion could take awhile.

You can read more about the conflict over the CCTB at the links below.

Comments are welcome.

Carbondale Times:

CCTB Could See Dramatic Funding Cuts from Carbondale, Jackson County

Southern Illinoisan:

Fritzler Mulls New Split of Lodging Tax Money

Tourism Group, County May Part Ways

No Rush To Dump Tourism Bureau

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Written by The Carbondale Observer

February 7, 2012 at 7:45 am

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