The Friends of the Kaminski and Stewart-Parker houses will be fighting for the future of the historic homestonight .
The city of Georgetown, which often brands itself as "historic," is considering cutting off all hospitality and accommodations tax funding for the two historic houses, unless they can be made more self-sustaining.
The city has been responsible for the Kaminski House since 1972, when it was left to the city in Julia Kaminski's will. She suggested it become a museum in memory of her husband, former mayor Harold Kaminski.
The Stewart-Parker House has been a part of the Kaminski House's foundation for the last few years.
If the city decides to cut off funding, the houses would have to depend on donations and grants to keep their doors open, both of which are increasingly hard to obtain in the current economy.
The friends of both houses are meeting tonight to share ideas to create a business plan, which will be presented to City Council on April 21. Council will then decide whether to continue or cut the funding for the houses.
According to recent budget numbers, maintaining both houses costs about $208,000 a year; they bring in about $30,000 a year in revenue.
The remaining costs come out of the city's hospitality and accommodations tax fund, which receives about $600,000 annually.
Georgetown City Councilman Brendon Barber has compared the current situation for funding both houses to "a bucket with a hole in it."
"Why would you keep a bucket with a hole in it?" he asked at a budget meeting.
"If we can't find a solution to turn that around, we need to look at another alternative. We're in that kind of time."
The Friends of the Kaminski House meeting takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stewart-Parker House, on Front Street.