The 2024 Main Street Program budget will receive a $25,000 reduction from its original $532,000 budget.

As the Main Street manager position has been vacant since December with no needed salary, there is little impact expected with the budget reduction.

By the numbers

The $25,000 typically funded by the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation will be removed from the 2024 budget due to the reallocation of the corporation’s funds to the newly installed street maintenance tax. The tax reallocates 75% of the BEDC budget to roadwork.

The majority of the Main Street Program budget, $459,000, is funded by hotel occupancy tax revenue. About 4% of the budget is funded by revenue from events hosted on Main Street.

Also of note

Mayor Lyle Nelson appointed four new members to the Main Street Advisory Board at the March 26 City Council meeting. The Main Street Advisory board helps support businesses and plan events on Bastrop's historic Main Street.

The appointments include:
  • Place 3 Christopher Higgins
  • Place 4: Kathryn Lang
  • Place 6: Richard Smarzik
  • Place 9: Judith Magana