AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Aiken city leaders say the idea to consolidate all departments into one building isn’t a new proposal.
Right now city offices are split between two buildings, but leaders have suggested selling the Finance Building on Lauren’s Street and using the money to add nearly 14,000 square feet to the Municipal Building.
The idea is to create a one-stop-shop for citizens.
Aiken City Manager John Klimm says people who oppose the plan are forgetting that it was included in the 2010 Capital Project Sales Tax Referendum.
“So they put a question on the C.P.S.T. ballot and the citizens of Aiken decided that they agree, that they building was showing its age, that is needed to be maintained and expanded,” Klimm told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “So the proposal that we put forward for City Hall is not my proposal, it’s not the council’s proposal, it’s actually a proposal that goes back years. That was voted on and supported by our citizens.
That round of sales tax allocated $3 million dollars for the expansion of the Municipal Building on Park Avenue.