Georgetown passed budget of about $33 million

The Georgetown City Council approved a budget of about $33 million tonight.

The exact amount of the budget was not available, because the council made several last minute changes which included additions and reductions.

The council voted not to hire a tourism and economic development director, saving about $75,000 in salary and benefits.

The council also voted to reduce funding by $100,000 in hospitality tax for the Winyah Auditorium, and about $20,000 in hospitality tax funding to the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce for marketing the city.

One of the expenditures approved tonight include $600,000 for renovations for the Harborwalk, about $75,000 in salary and benefits for a planning director and $50,000 for the Eagle Electric property.

The city purchased the property earlier this year but has not determined how best to utilize the property. The money would be set aside for siteplans.

For more see Friday's edition of The Sun News.