Heated debate over dissolving Port Wentworth City Charter

Published: Mar. 8, 2022 at 2:20 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2022 at 12:06 AM EST
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PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - The future of Port Wentworth has city council and the community at odds again.

The two biggest issues discussed at the meeting Tuesday were the city being $150,000 behind in bills and opposition to dissolving the city charter.

This means there would not be a City of Port Wentworth.

“Everyone knows there are divisions in this city but there are other avenues and other ways to address that,” Jo Smith, Councilwoman said.

Council member Jo Smith said people need to call their representatives to stop this.

Mayor Gary Norton and Councilman Glenn Jones were absent from the meeting.

The interim city manager says since December they’ve been $150,000 behind in bills that keep the city running.

“We’re doing what we can to catch up,” Steve Davis, Interim city manager said.

The interim city manager says they will be auditing the city’s finances using an independent agency and the community wants to know what else is being done.

“Who is holding y’all accountable when y’all don’t do the right thing?” Trevor Ferguson, resident said.

This just adds to the frustration of the community, and they say they should join together to get all of these issues fixed immediately.

“I don’t want to be the only one fighting,” Georgia Benton, resident said.

Senator Lester Jackson says dissolving the city isn’t even at the proposal stage yet.

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