"Suppose we have this extra $2.6 million," Grigoraci said. "Imagine what we could do with that. We could have a larger bond issue [for the Civic Center]. We could build a new Kanawha County library. What about roads? What about streets?"
The city could set aside $500,000 a year into a library building fund, and tap it if a new library gets built, he said.
No one else spoke at the public hearing, and Jones had no comment.
A bill introduced Monday authorizes the city to apply to the state Municipal Home Rule Board to amend Charleston's home rule plan, adopted five years ago under the state's pilot home rule program. The amendment would allow the city to levy the proposed half-cent sales tax.
Council's Home Rule Committee will take up the bill on April 8.
City Manager David Molgaard said Monday he hopes to get a ruling from the Home Rule Board in the next month or two. The five-year pilot home rule plan is set to expire later this year unless the Legislature agrees to extend it. A state bill to extend and expand the program is under review at the Legislature.
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