published Friday, January 13th, 2012

Whitfield County commissioners approve $51,143 for Northwest Georgia Trade Center

Whitfield County commissioners reluctantly voted to ratify a $51,143 cash infusion for the Northwest Georgia Trade and Commission Center during Thursday night’s meeting.

The center contacted the board in December, saying it had not received strong business in the fall and that it needed a cash infusion to meet payroll and to keep payables current, county documents show.

Legislation mandates that both the county and Dalton must cover any shortfalls in the Trade Center’s books, Chairman Mike Babb said. That’s been happening too frequently, he said.

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“We can’t continually keep coming back and writing money for this,” Babb said.

During the meeting, commissioners spoke about the center needing to rework its budget development and management.

Babb said the center’s upcoming budget must be developed with more oversight from city and county officials.

“The city and the county will be watching this pretty closely,” Babb said. “It’s got to be doing better than what it’s doing.”

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