Some Main Street budget requests receive Crestview CRA approval

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 06:27 PM.

The last program manager lost his job when funding for the position approved in November 2010 was abruptly denied in January 2011.

CRA board member Tom Gordon suggested hiring a contract program manager so the CRA would not have to fund an estimated $18,000 in city employee benefits.

Gordon also asked whether Main Street could match CRA funds toward the position. Noting its resources are limited, Conner said the program could possibly contribute up to $5,000.

The Main Street program must have a full-time manager to retain accreditation with the Main Street Florida program, which has recognized it with several awards.

The CRA is not funded with Crestview taxpayer money. It is supported through an Okaloosa County sales tax-increment process.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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