North Augusta City Council

North Augusta City Council on Monday night voted to form an accommodations tax advisory committee.

A newly established seven-person committee will choose in the future how state accommodations taxes will be spent in North Augusta.

North Augusta City Council voted Monday evening to establish an accommodations tax advisory committee regarding how to spend accommodations tax from the state.

Section 6-4-25 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina requires that there be a local committee after a county or municipality receives more than $50,000 in state accommodations taxes.

Cammie Hayes, the city’s finance director, said the state collects a 2% tax on all accommodations and uses a formula based on point-of-sales to distribute the funds back to counties and municipalities.

“What that committee does is they will receive applications from organizations that host tourist-type activities in the city,” Hayes said during the meeting. “These activities must draw visitors in from over a 50-mile radius to be eligible for the funds. They will apply for these funds to the committee, give a brief presentation to the committee and then that committee will make recommendations to City Council.”

Mayor Bob Pettit said during the meeting that members of the committee will include John Felak, David Sulak, Quentin Evans, Havird Usry, Brandon Greene, Mary Anne Bigger and Suzanne Fanning.

The resolution to form the committee passed unanimously.

Council also unanimously passed the first two of three readings of an ordinance that would annex property off Knobcone Avenue owned by the Aiken County Board of Education into the city.

City Administrator Todd Glover said the property is located behind the band practice field and gravel parking lot at North Augusta High School and that all the other high school property is within city limits.

Council also held an executive session, discussing park property, public safety locations and a personnel issue.

All Council members were present for the votes.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.