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City of Beaufort finance discussions continue with capital improvement projects tonight

As the calendar creeps toward July 1 and the new fiscal year, Beaufort City Council continues its discussions of finances today during a work session at 5 p.m. at City Hall at 1911 Boundary St.

This week will be a continuation of the March 26 talks about prioritizing capital improvement plans.

Council members received a list of millions of dollars worth of projects they could authorize, such as road and sidewalk repairs.

The projects come from the city's Civic Master Plan, and many would take more than a year to finish.

Mayor Billy Keyserling has asked for more information on which projects could be eligible for outside grants, and Councilman Mike Sutton has suggested a ranking system to help prioritize.

Capital improvement projects are the first topic of several that City Council is exploring as it prepares a new budget.

Revenue has already been discussed, and a decrease is expected in property-tax money because of the county's property-value reassessment.

The work session will also include an update on changes to the National Flood Insurance Program.

The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m., starting with a public hearing on rezoning the Inlet Road right of way on Lady's Island. Part of the road is used for parking and access to the proposed Publix development.

Public hearings will also be held on changing Greenlawn Drive from a main street to a neighborhood street and on clarifying the definition of outdoor merchandise in city code governing its display.

City Council will also vote on co-sponsorship of the Knights of Columbus' Flag Day Celebration, as well as street closures, serving alcohol and the use of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park playground parking lot for Taste of Beaufort.

Check back with The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet for a story following tonight's meeting and follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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