1890’s Day Coordinator responds to accusations
RINGGOLD, Ga. (WDEF) – The 1890’s Day Coordinator, Mayor and City Council discussed accusations during the Ringgold City Council meeting Monday night.
Mayor Nick Millwood blogged about the accusations in a post that has been shared over social media.
The post states that “accusations are regularly made about Doc (Graham) benefiting personally and the proceeds being his own private slush fund off the backs of taxpayer money.”
Graham said there’s a contract agreement between the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau and 1890’s Day.
He also said the reason why no one has any accounting information on the event is because no one has ever asked for it.
“I’m going to tell you where the money goes, $43,440.30 went into 1890s day in … 2018, $41,835.42 has been collected so far. There’s still bills to be paid and still some sponsor money to come in, $10,000 of that is from hotel, motel tax money. That is not Ringgold city residents taxes,” Graham said.
“If an accusation is made that where does that money go, what’s to stop someone from walking away with a portion of that money, I believe that your integrity would stop you from doing that, the city has noway to confirm that, that’s not happened. and that’s my issue,” Mayor Millwood said.
Council members voted 4 to 1 to draft a letter to Graham apologizing for accusations on Facebook that Graham stole money from the festival.