Panama City Downtown Improvement Board Talks Budget

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The budget year for the Panama City Downtown Improvement Board ends on September 30th. 

With that being said, it’s time to craft a new one. Board members and downtown merchants met this morning to discuss what they can do better in the upcoming fiscal year. There’s talk of making the event “Heard it on Harrison” smaller to save costs. The board plans to focus more on bigger events like Fourth of July and Oktoberfest, but this wouldn’t mean less events in general. 

Smaller events throughout the year will allow money to be used for other projects the board looks forward to working on. If this budget goes through, the board plans to be less into the events business and will most likely rely more on the private sector. 

“We’re trying to come up with more money than in past years to do some beautification, do some physical improvements down here and try and clean things up around here a little bit,” said Downtown Improvement Board Chairman, Nicholas Beninate.
 
The board’s next meeting will be September 7th at 4pm to discuss the budget for the upcoming year. 
 

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