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Chairman's Update: Council works on $9 million budget

By: Dean Campbell
web posted April 7, 2014

COUNTY –  At last week’s meeting, County Council took up first reading of the $9 million annual budget. We have worked to trim the budget, find money-saving alternatives to some work, fit in needed work, and saved money along the way.

Let’s look at some specifics that might interest you. First, the Council is working on a budget that does not raise taxes for the fourth year in a row.

 In this budget, we are proposing several important things:

·         A 1.5% pay raise for employees
·         We’re counting on our Reserve Funds – our rainy day fund – less than we did last year to balance the budget. In addition, if we spend every penny proposed in this budget, and if we spent $300,000 on building the animal shelter, that would still leave more than 3 months of money in reserves.
·         We bring several Department Heads/Other Elected Officials salaries in line with the state’s averages for those positions.
·         We included funds needed to replace computers, perform needed repairs on county buildings, and are putting aside money for a retrial on a capital murder case.

There’s a lot more to the budget, of course. I encourage you to go to the Edgefield County Government website and review the budget for yourself.

As always, County Council wants your input on the budget. I look forward to hearing from you!

Until next time,
Dean Campbell

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