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New Simpsonville budget gets final OK

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5th police officer will be added

By Steve Doyle

The Simpsonville city budget for 2013-14 is a fait accompli.

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In a short, spring-break-affected meeting Tuesday night, city commissioners gave their unanimous approval to the second reading of an ordinance that establishes that budget.

City Administrator David Eaton was absent from the meeting, but Finance Commissioner Cary Vowels read into the record the terms of the budget, which did not change from the first reading.

That budget, which goes into effect on July 1, calls for:

  • An additional expense of $68,000 for the hiring of a fifth police officer and purchasing a vehicle for that officer.
  • A flat revenue plan for the city and slight growth in the parks and sewer budgets, which will be the equivalent of three new homes tapping on to the sewer system.
  • Inclusion of $225,000 for two grants, $210,000 for the federal grant the city will receive to complete its downtown sidewalk project and $15,000 for a safety grant to purchase the equipment for the new police officer.
  • A general fund carryover of $600,000, which means the city will save about $50,000 from 2012-13 budget.
  • No new revenue for the outlet mall under construction in the south part of the city. Eaton had said the financial impact of the mall likely would be part of the 2014-15 budget, although there could be some occupational taxes relative to construction.

Commissioners – Vicky Wise was absent – had no discussion before passing the ordinance.

“We wouldn’t have had this meeting because of spring break,” Mayor Steve Eden said. “But we had to have this budget approval now.”

 

Parks coaches honored

The only other piece of business at the meeting was a presentation by Parks Director Chris Truelock, who doled out plaques to thank the coaches who participated in the city’s winter sports programs.

“I appreciate your recognizing that program,” Eden told Truelock. “Our program is one of the biggest in the county, and it’s good to recognize the volunteers.”