County Council approves $65.293 million budget for FY14
Georgetown County Council approved a $65.193 million budget for Fiscal Year 2014 at a special meeting on Tuesday night.
The vote was 5-0; council members Bob Anderson and Leona Myers-Miller were not present.
For the second time in two weeks, no residents spoke about the budget during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting, nor during a public hearing before the vote.
In fact, the only people in attendance at the meeting who didnt work for Georgetown County were two members of the media.
The budget includes the following expenditures:
General Government Fund, $23.29 million;
County Fire (District #1) Fund, $2.54 million;
Midway Fire (District #2) Fund, $3.33 million;
Victims Services Fund, $204,000;
Higher Education Fund, $782,000;
Bureau on Aging Services Fund, $806,000;
Clerk of Court IV-D Unit Cost Fund, $205,000;
Clerk of Court IV-D Incentive Fund, $37,000;
State Accommodations Tax Fund, $1.117 million;
Economic Development Fund, $325,000;
Economic Development Multi-County Marketing Fund, $33,000;
Law Enforcement Fund, $11.431 million;
Road Improvement Fund, $1.706 million;
Murrells Inlet Revitalization Fund, $64,000;
Emergency Telephone System Fund, $525,000;
Debt Service Fund, $6.38 million;
Capital Equipment Replacement Fund, $3.06 million;
Environmental Services Fund, $6.1 million;
Stormwater Management Fund, $3.258 million.
The budget includes the following millage rates for all of the county:
26.3 mills for the County General Government Fund.
15.1 mills for the County Law Enforcement Fund.
2.3 mills for the County Environmental Services Fund.
8.1 mills for the County Debt Service Fund.
0.4 mills for the County Bureau of Aging Services Fund.
0.5 mills for the County Economic Development Fund.
1.2 mills for the County Higher Education Fund.
There are also millage rates for three specific areas:
28.1 mills for those areas within Fire District #1.
11.2 mills for those areas within Midway Fire District.
2.6 mills for solid waste recycling and collection for all areas not within the corporate boundaries of the City of Georgetown and the Town of Andrews.
Georgetown County Council only meets once a month in the summer, on July 9 and Aug. 13.
Bi-weekly meetings begin again on Sept. 10.
By Chris Sokoloski
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