Hartsville passes 2016/17 budgets
By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, email@example.com
Hartsville City Council passed final reading on departmental and general fund budgets for the 2016/17 fiscal year at their June 14 regular meeting.
The budgets receiving approval in Ordinance 4247 are as follows: General Fund – $9,909,448; Water and Sewer – $4,034,000; Infrastructure Fund – $654,300; Solid Waste Fund – $1,432,344; Hospitality Fee Fund – $989,600; Accommodations Tax Fund – $175,050; Debt Service Fund – $137,600; Storm Water Fund – $185,000; Recreation Concessions Fund – $74,000; Splash Pad Fund – $112,150.
No one spoke at the public hearing for these budgets. Mayor Pro Tem Johnny Andrews moved for approval, received a second from council member Adlena Graham, and council voted unanimously in favor. The budgets formally become effective in the new fiscal year beginning June 30, 2016.
A public hearing and final reading for Ordinance 4251, transferring ownership of a private street at 712 South Eighth Street (Lincoln Village) from Lexus Builders to the City of Hartsville received unanimous approval. This will allow the city to manage future neighborhood development, and carries no immediate financial impact until Hartsville opts to begin demolition or improvements.
Council approved two bid awards, contracting with North Industrial Machine for $37,013 to perform structural repairs to the tower at the Hartsville Fire Department, and contracting with IPR Southeast, LLC of Stone Mountain Georgia for $349,957 to rehabilitate and reduce groundwater infiltration in the Prestwood Drive Area sewer system.
Also, council voted to distribute $78,727 in state-local accommodations tax revenue to Hartsville Tourism ($30,000), Renofest ($10,000), Black Creek Arts Council ($5,000), Butler Heritage Foundation ($4,000), Hartsville Community Center Building Commission – Center Theater ($4,720), YMCA ($6,000), SC Junior Golf Foundation ($8,500), Hartsville Community Development Foundation – Ag + Art ($3,000), and the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce ($7,507).
They also distributed $15,000 in local hospitality tax revenue to Renofest ($5,000), Black Creek Arts Council ($4,000), New Vision Community Development Foundation ($500), Hartsville Community Center Building Commission – Center Theater ($5,000), and YMCA ($500).