Hartsville council forwards 2020-21 budgets

By Samantha Lyles
Staff Writer

Hartsville City Council held a special called meeting June 2 and passed first reading of the city’s 2020-21 fiscal year budget, including a $10.2 million general fund.
Other proposed budgets include $6.3 million for the Water, Sewer and Waterpark Infrastructure Fund, $656,000 for the Infrastructure Fund, $1.4 million for the Solid Waste Fund, $976,366 for the Hospitality Fee Fund, $176,750 for the Accommodations Tax Fund, $165,000 for the Debt Service Fund, $125,973 for the Storm Water Fund, and $70,000 for the Recreations Concessions Fund.
Section 2 of the budget indicates that millage will remain unchanged. It proposes “a tax of one hundred thirty-five and nine tenth (135.9) mills upon each one thousand ($1,000) in value of real estate and personal property of every description owned and used in the City of Hartsville.”
These budgets must pass second/final reading and go through a public hearing at council’s next meeting before going into effect on July 1.
Council passed Ordinance 4390, amending the 2019-20 fiscal year budgets, without objection. The agenda stated that this ordinance “is necessary because the city wishes to fund several projects throughout the city and multiple projects have extended beyond the fiscal year.”
The amended budget for the Water/ Sewer/Waterpark Fund sets revenues at $7,090,108 and expenditures at $6,779,215. The ordinance must also pass second reading and public hearing.
Finally, council passed first reading of Ordinance 4391, raising the residential solid waste user’s fee each year for the next three years. The proposed increase is set at $1 per month for FY 20-21 (up from $21.19 to $22.19), $1 per month for FY 21-22 (up from $22.19 to $23.19) and $1 per month for FY 22-23 (up from $23.19 to $24.19).
The extract states the fee increase “is necessary to fund the continued operations and capital needs.”
Hartsville City Council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for June 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the council Chambers at 100 East Carolina Avenue. During the COVID-19 pandemic, City Council Chambers will be open with social distancing precautions. If you would like to submit public comments, sent them to city.clerk@hartsvillesc.gov before 11 a.m. on the day of the meeting and they will be read aloud for the record.

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