Failed motel could cost taxpayers $100,000

photo City leaders in Calhoun, Ga., worry they might have to demolish the Oglethorpe Inn off Interstate 75 at public expense. The hotel once was owned by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Tenn., and Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers.

Calhoun taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $100,000 to clean up a business blunder by two lawmakers who preach cutting taxes and rail against government intervention.

Calhoun City Administrator Eddie Peterson said if City Council members declare the Oglethorpe Inn a health hazard, the Gordon County town is looking at spending "lots of dollars" to raze the structure, formerly owned by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Georgia, and state Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock.

The city has had to clear out derelict garages and houses at times, but taking down the large two-story motel would mean spending money the city doesn't have, Peterson said.