City Council set to vote on proposed 2013-14 budget

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First reading set for 7 p.m. tuesday

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster City Council is preparing to take its first official action on the 2013-14 budget.
First reading of the proposed $19.4 million budget is set to occur during the Tuesday, May 14, City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Lancaster City Hall.
Council held its most recent budget work session Thursday, May 9. City Finance Director James Absher said there hasn’t been much change in the proposed figures since the recommended budget was presented to council April 30.
“The numbers are the same,” Absher said. “It’s been a quiet budget process.”
A 5-mill property-tax increase has been proposed. If approved, that will result in a roughly $20 annual tax increase on a $100,000 owner-occupied home.
The proposed budget calls for a $2 monthly increase in both the water and sewer rates. The extra money generated through the increased fees would be placed in the city’s reserve fund.
To date, the city has about $9 million in total reserves, Absher said.
There’s no proposed increase for solid waste fees.
Council will have another budget work session at 6 p.m. June 4 at City Hall. That evening, residents will be able to offer their take and ask questions during the public-hearing portion of the meeting.
Final reading is scheduled to come during the June 11 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Council must pass two readings before the budget is adopted. The next fiscal year begins July 1.
Other items on Tuesday’s meeting agenda include:

  • A request for funding to pave the back entrance of the Municipal Justice Center
  • A drawing to determine who will work as student interns for the city this summer
  • A request to buy a new 911 digital recorder
  • A request to modify the entrance to Palmetto Place Apartments when you turn off East Barr Street onto Pardue Street. The wish is to close the entrance at the curve
  • A presentation from Stacee Mosier, who works as a youth-development coordinator in Chesterfield County

Tuesday’s meeting is open to the public. If you need special accommodations to attend, call (803) 286-8414 at least 24 hours prior.
City Hall is located at 216 S. Catawba St.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152