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LOCKHART — Even with increased allocation for the treatment of its water and next year’s municipal election the overall projected revenues and expenditures in the Town of Lockhart’s proposed 2014-2015 budget remains unchanged from its current budget.


First reading of the proposed budget was approved by Lockhart Town Council Tuesday night, but only after council shifted $7,500 from the general fund to other areas of the budget.


Mayor Ailene Ashe said that the budget originally allocated $21,500 for salaries in the expenditures section of the general fund. Ashe said that during its budget deliberations Tuesday, council reduced this by $7,500 to $14,000. She said the funds council took from the salaries line item were then divided between the water department ($6,400) and other expenditures ($1,100).


Ashe said the proposed budget originally allocated $5,040 to the water system expenditures section of the budget for Sublet Labor which handles the chlorine treatment of the town’s water. She said the revised budget increases this amount to $10,440.


The funds shifted to the other expenditures portion of the budget will be used to help cover the costs of town’s next municipal elections which will be held in March 2015 when two council seats will be on the ballot.


Ashe said the shifted funds will be used to pay the poll manager ($550) and for the election and miscellaneous advertising ($900).


Even though the amount allocated for salaries in the general fund has been reduced, Ashe said it does not mean any of the town’s employees will be dismissed. She said that the shift was designed to better reflect the cost of the Sublet Labor and the cost of next year’s municipal election.


The proposed budget projects revenues and expenditures each totaling $343,700, the same as in the fiscal 2013-2014 budget.


As in the current fiscal year, the proposed budget includes no tax millage as the town is the only incorporated municipality in Union County that does not levy a property tax.


Revenues

The revenues in the proposed budget include:


• Water fees — $121,000


• Sewer fees — $121,000


• Garbage collection fees — $54,000


• Cable TV fee — $4,500


• Rent — $19,000


• Interest — $100


• MASC disbursement — $5,000


• SC Treasurer’s Office Local Government Fund — $12,000


• Other Deposits — $2,000


• Union County Recreation Department Grass Cutting Allocation — $3,100


• Total Connection Fee — $2,000


The individual revenue sources in the proposed budget are also unchanged from the current fiscal year.


Expenditures

The expenditures in the proposed budget include:


General Fund Expenditures


• Salaries — $14,000


• FICA — $3,350


• Unemployment Insurance — $500


• Workmen’s Compensation Insurance — $800


Water System Expenditures


• Brown’s Creek (water purchases) — $79,200


• Power — $600


• Sublet Labor (chlorine treatment) — $10,440 (up from $5,040)


• Repairs — $8,500


• Testing — $1,500


• Chemicals — $500


Sewer System Expenditures


• TESI (system operator) — $116,450


• Power — $3,195


• Repairs — $8,500


• Sublet — $3,780


• Chemicals — $400


Garbage Pick-Up


• Johnson Sanitation — ($44,500)


Facilities/Communications


• Maintenance — $1,635


• Power — $6,750


• Phone/Internet — $4,000


• Newspaper — $150


• Postage — $200


Other


• Audit — $4,000 (up from $3,800)


• Computer Billing — $6,600


• Council/Conference/Miscellaneous — $850 (down from $1,000)


• Bonds — $200


• Office/Janitorial Supplies — $800 (down from $1,000)


• Municipal Association Dues — $300


• Election and Miscellaneous Advertising — $900 (up from zero)


• Insurance P&C and Auto — $9,000 (down from $9,300)


• Christmas Dinner/Parade — $250


• Lawnmower Service — $400


• Truck/Lawnmower Gas — $1,000


• Christmas Parade — $200


• DHEC Fee — $2,200


• Rural Water Association — $300


• Poll Manager — $550 (up from zero)


• Union County Taxes — $3,000


• Union County Recreation Department Grass Cutting — $3,100


Unless otherwise noted, all the individual projected expenditures in the proposed budget are unchanged from the current fiscal year.


Second and final reading of the budget will be held Tuesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Lockhart Town Hall during the June council meeting.

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