North Augusta City Council to hold public hearing and vote on budget

October 16, 2017 GMT

North Augusta City Council is voting on four ordinances Monday regarding the 2018 budget.

Those living in North Augusta may see a three mill increase in property taxes, a 1 percent increase in hospitality tax, an increase in Riverview Park Activities Center membership fees and an increase in the wastewater rate. The City has posted its 2018 revised proposed budget online.

Before the regular meeting, there will be a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed budget.

Council will hold the first reading and vote on an ordinance adopting the budget. The ordinance will become effective upon adoption of the third and final reading.

They will also hold the first reading and vote on an ordinance levying the property tax in the city to 70.50 mills.

A letter at the beginning of the proposed budget from mayor Bob Pettit states the property tax increase will result in $238,000 in revenue to the general fund and $48,000 to the capital projects fund.

Council will have the first reading and vote on an ordinance reinstating the 2 percent hospitality tax. The ordinance would become effective upon third and final reading, and the 2 percent hospitality tax reinstated on December 1, 2017.

Council will also have the first reading of an ordinance revising the wastewater service charge schedule.

The wastewater rate will increase 25 cents per 1,000 gallons, according to the revised proposed budget. It says that the rate increase is necessary to pay for the city’s portion of the upgrade to the Horse Creek treatment plant.

Council will hold the third and final readings of ordinances that grant nonexclusive franchise agreements to Aiken Electric Cooperative and South Carolina Electric and Gas, as well as an ordinance granting easements to SCE&G for the placement of facilities related to the construction of Riverside Village at Hammond’s Ferry.

Mayor Bob Pettit will also recognize the City’s employee of the quarter, Lynda Williamson.