By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Money continues to be the topic-of-choice for upcoming Rome City and Floyd County Commission meetings.
For the first time in 2012, the Alcohol Control Commission will meet today to discuss adding hefty fines to the list of penalties license-holders can face if they’re caught selling alcohol to minors.
If they pass a change in the current ordinance, businesses could suffer thousand dollars fines for first infractions, and repeat violators could face even more.
City attorneys were tasked in November with investigating the issue, and staffers have come back with suggestions, dissuading committee members from levying “flat” fees. Instead, they are advising a percentage of the annual license fee on top of a ‘minimum’ payment. However, the city charter does have a $2,000 cap on how much money the government may fine.
The Alcohol Control Commission will be held at 5pm, upstairs in City Hall.
In the county, commissioners are still grappling with the 2013 budget. And, although it is not finalized, a public hearing is scheduled to be held at their 6pm meeting, allowing citizens to voice their opinions to the proposed finical plan. With a shrinking revenue stream, expenditures have been slashed by 3%---but, this still isn’t enough to cover the county in the New Year. To balance the budget, the county was forced to dip into their reserves.
The commissions’ regularly scheduled meeting will take place in the Floyd County Government Building downtown.