The City of Montezuma is looking to get a makeover, and it will
cost tax-payers absolutely nothing. Residents say the downtown area needs·work·in order to help boost tourism, because of this, the Downtown Development Authority has entered the city in a national contest.
Montezuma is up against 400 cities across the country in the Reader's Digest: We Hear You America Sweepstakes.
Montezuma Mayor Willie Larry says, a devastating flood nearly two decades ago is still to blame for damaged buildings in the downtown. He says the city was submerged in creek water all the way up to the second stories of the buildings. In order to revamp the buildings it would cost the city thousands of dollars, which is money the city doesn't have.
Camille Bielby, with the Downtown Development, says, "What our town needs is paint. It needs awnings. It needs some re-mortaring of the bricks."
To pay for the repairs the city has registered to win a cash prize of $10,000.
Local business owner, Adele Goodman, says, "I think Montezuma is a town that has so much potential, but our downtown area does certainly need a little bit of a facelift.
Goodman says if the city wins the money it will help boost the local economy.
Mayor Larry says, "The funding would really enable us to fix up, and chip a little paint and do a little cosmetic surgery to the face of our community.
Montezuma currently ranks 105th. In order to vote for Montezuma visit http://wehearyouamerica.readersdigest.com
and type in Montezuma's zip code of 31063. Anyone can vote up to 10 times a day. The contest ends May 16th.