Council passes first reading of budget, announces millage rate

Last updated: May 30. 2014 11:19AM - 334 Views
By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

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WINNSBORO — A water crisis was averted May 20 when Winnsboro’s Town Council agreed to a contract to continue a wholesale water agreement with Mid County Water Company.

Council entered into an executive session to discuss contractual matters concerning Mid County Water and the Town of Blythewood. After coming back into regular session, Councilman Jack Wilkes made a motion to approve the terms of the wholesale water purchase contract with Mid County Water and authorized the contract’s signing by Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy.

The Town of Winnsboro gave the approval to Town Manager Don Wood to cut off Mid County Water taps after taking a vote in their regular council meeting on April 1 following unsuccessful negotiations.

If Mid County Water was cut off, it would have affected nearly 5,600 customers including Kelly Miller Elementary School and Jenkinsville Water Company.

Mid County Water supplies a portion of Jenkinsville Water Company’s water.

In new business, council passed the first reading of Ordinance 060314A, which adopts a budget proposed by the town manager for FY 2014-2015. There will be a public hearing followed by a final reading on June 3.

Council also passed the first reading of Ordinance 060314B, which provides for the levy of taxes for ordinary town purposes in the Town of Winnsboro for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to provide for expenditures.

Starting in the new fiscal year, the tax rate will be 38.71 mills.

Winnsboro Finance Director Kathy Belton made a capital expenditure request to upgrade municipal and utility software in the finance committee meeting prior to council meeting.

Committee chair Jack Wilkes made the motion to accept a bid of $124,761 during the council meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

In other business, Wilkes donated $400 of his crime prevention fund to the First Baptist Church for its Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

“This year they plan to recognize our local veterans and I encourage anyone to come out and enjoy a good fireworks display,” Wilkes said.

The celebration will begin in the afternoon, with the fireworks display taking place just after sundown.

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