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County Council Makes No Changes to Proposed Budget
web posted March 22, 2013
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Council
held their work session on the General Operating Budget for Fiscal Year
2013-2014 Thursday night, going through the budget page by page. For
county citizens, county employees and the Sheriff's Office it was good
news for all. In spite of the budget growing by $250,000 to a total of
$8.8 million, there are no tax increases, a 2% raise for employees and
two deputies added to the road patrols.
During the work session no changes were made and with four of the five
members present, Councilman Dorn skipped the work session as usual, it
looks like passage is just a formality.
To balance the budget the county will dip into reserve funds to the
tune of $342,916 leaving a comfortable 3.8 months in reserves. County
Administrator Lynn Strom stated that due to conservative projections,
it is unlikely the county will need to dip into the reserves at the
level stated. Chairman Campbell stated that the dip into reserve funds
is at levels previously used and noted that rather than dipping into
the funds each year, much is replaced due to higher than expected
Even with similar amounts budgeted to be taken from reserves over the
past five years, the county has maintained roughly a 4 month reserve
for budgeted expenditures.
Although there were increases to the budget, including the $90,000 to
cover the 2% raises, Administrator Strom pointed out a number of
savings in various areas of the budget that help offset the increases
to minimize the impact on the budget overall.
Vice-chair Genia Blackwell spoke up on the 2% raise for county
employees saying that she was pleased that they were able to provide
the raises since Pres. Obama raised everyone's taxes on January 1. "I
think it's wonderful we're able to do that," she said. Because of the
tax increase, roughly at 2% to all workers, the raise will bring
employees back to the pay level they earned last year.
Councilwoman Betty Butler also inquired about the raises due to
Administrator Strom earlier mentioning that two employees were seeing a
larger increase due to bringing them up to comparable salaries for the
same positions in similar counties. Butler asked what the positions
that had been reviewed were. Mrs. Strom said she would discuss the
positions during a scheduled executive session.
Chairman Dean Campbell reminded members of council and the public that
the budget could still be amended during the required three readings
over the next three months.
Administrator Strom stated that there were a few minor changes that had
to be made before the budget will be presented for readings.
County Council will hold first reading of the budget on Tuesday, April
2, at 6 pm. Public comments on agenda items are offered at all council
meetings. There will also be a Public Hearing held prior to final
Following a short executive session the meeting was
copy of the budget can be found here.
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