"One of the earliest things I saw out of this is that it has been painted that the city is going into business with the Department of Revenue to get more taxes out of people," Santini said. "So just to clarify, the Georgia Municipal Association and the Department of Revenue got together last year and ran a pilot project ... and what they were seeking to find was a great deal of revenue -- I'm talking about hundreds of millions of dollars -- that is supposed to be going back to local communities," but the money was never received.
The mayor and council agreed that allowing the resolution to pass in an effort to strengthen data collection is in the best interest of Cartersville citizens. However, Santini said it remains undetermined if this approval will affect the county outside city limits.
In addition to the partnership, the council also approved reappointments for members of the Etowah Area Consolidated Housing Authority, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Development Authority of Cartersville, Cartersville-Bartow Library Board and the Downtown Development Authority. All appointments extend the terms of current positions held in those departments.
Annual certification allowing the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter to apply for grants was approved as well as the purchase of vehicle diagnostic equipment that will assist mechanics in better diagnosing vehicle problems.
A first reading was held to amend the Motor Vehicle and Traffic Ordinance that will add a clause stating that parking on the side of Postelle Street will be illegal. The idea has ties to the new facade that the Etowah Area Housing Authority has been working on and the creation of a parking lot for residents and guests. The street will no longer be a designated parking zone.
A discussion of security at the water distribution and collections site was tabled. The council moved to postpone the item until more information can be gathered.
The next city council meeting will be held April 21 at 9 a.m.