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LOCKHART — Despite increased allocations for the 2015 municipal elections and for treatment of its water the total 2014-2015 municipal budget for the Town of Lockhart is otherwise unchanged from the current budget.


In its current budget, the town’s revenues and expenditures total $343,700. In the new 2014-2015 budget, which received final approval from Lockhart Town Council Tuesday night, the revenues and expenditures also total $343,700.


Though the overall totals are the same, they are differences between the two budgets, most notably in the allocations for municipal elections and the treatment of the town’s water.


Lockhart will hold its next municipal elections in April 2015 when two council seats will be on the ballot. In the 2014-2015 budget council allotted $550 to pay the poll manager and $900 for the election itself and miscellaneous advertising.


The budget also increases funding for the Sublet Labor which handles the chlorine treatment of the town’s water from $5,040 to $10,440.


Revenues

The revenues in the 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.


In addition, the revenue portion of the budget does not include any tax millage as Lockhart is the only incorporated municipality in Union County that does not levy a property tax.


Expenditures

The expenditures in the 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.


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