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Lockart revenues, expenditures unchanged

By Charles Warner, The Union Daily Times, S.C.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

May 31--LOCKHART -- The projected overall revenues and expenditures in the Town of Lockhart's proposed 2014-2015 budget are unchanged from its current budget.

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 -- $21,500

-- FICA -- $3,350

-- Unemployment Insurance -- $500

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-- Workmen's Compensation Insurance -- $800

Water System Expenditures

-- Brown's Creek (water purchases) -- $79,200

-- Power -- $600

-- Sublet Labor (chlorine treatment) -- $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)

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-- 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.

Mayor Ailene Ashe said the increases in the funding allocated for municipal elections and a poll manager is due to the fact that the town will hold elections for two council seats in March 2015.

Ashe said that the proposed budget, like those in the past is balanced but tight. She said that council works very hard to keep the budget balance while maintaining services despite limited revenue.

First reading of the budget will be held on Tuesday, June 17, with the second and final reading on Tuesday, June 24.

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(c)2014 The Union Daily Times (Union, S.C.)

Visit The Union Daily Times (Union, S.C.) at uniondailytimes.com

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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