City Council approved second and final reading Thursday to adopt the budget for FY19-20. Motion to approve the budget was made by Councilman Lemont Glasgow and seconded by Councilman Thomas Louis Boyd.
Mayor Foster Senn said that a balanced budget was presented for the upcoming fiscal year with no increases in taxes or business license fees. However, the budget does contain an incremental increase in sanitation services of one dollar on residential garbage pickup and the elimination of one free pick up on commercial garbage containers.
Senn told City Manager Matt DeWitt he appreciated his and city staff’s work on preparing the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The total proposed General Fund budget plus special accounts for FY19-20 total $14,031,872.
Included in the budget is a four percent increase for employees broken down by a three percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and one percent merit pool.
Major capital items included in this year’s budget are a new pumper fire truck and rear load dump truck. The pumper truck will be replacing a 1996 model, with the current truck to be donated to the Newberry County Career Center for their firefighter program to help train students getting their certifications.
The total of the utility fund budget including special accounts totals $49,995,258. Retail electric base rates will remain flat this fiscal year and all scheduled Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA) credits will be passed through to the benefit of the customers.
Both the minimum meter charge for water and sewer meters will increase this year by two percent, yielding an average of .74 per customer increase per month based on a 5/8 inch meter (standard residential meter size).
Both budgets combined for FY19-20 show a total of $64,027,130, representing a decrease of $2,746,529 from last year’s budget, FY18-19.