The Southside Economic Development Committee wants the state to include over $500,000 in next year’s state Capital Outlay Bill to help repair its facilities and grounds.
During the Monday meeting of the SEDD Board of Commissioners at its Arizona Street headquarters, the SEDD board heard a report that State Senator Francis Thompson has given his written pledge of support to ask the state to grant the funds to the group.
Charles Theus, SEDD Executive Director, said Thompson pledged to get the request included in the state’s 2018 Capital Outlay Bill. He said Rep. Katrina Jackson pledged her support, but Rep. Marcus Hunter was not on board yet. He said the Arizona Street building needs roof repairs, parking lot improvements and other costs.
He said although the two percent hotel tax has passed, the SEDD does not want to use that resource just to repair its building.
He said Thompson made that pledge before