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Lake City passes first reading of new budget

May 16, 2019 GMT

LAKE CITY, S.C. – The Lake City City Council approved on first reading a proposed $7.2 million budget Tuesday evening for fiscal year 2020.

According to a budget review, the proposed budget does the following:

Requires all departments to absorb a 2 percent reduction.Reduces capital funding to $70,000. Deputy Administrator Daniel Driggers said it was $200,000 the previous year.Includes a 2 percent salary increase for employees. Employees did not receive a salary increase the previous year.Continues employee holiday pay program which is like a Christmas bonus.Funds the required state mandates.Adjusts budget based on current spending for police, technology, facility maintenance and insurance.Reclassifies $25,000 from water and sewer fund to Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority.

Driggers said a budget work session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. The session will take place in the council chambers in the Judicial Center at 202 Kelley St., Lake City.

The second reading for the proposed budget is scheduled for June 11.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, the council approved a resolution to allow a service weapon be given to Lake City police Lieutenant Jerry Gainey who will retire on June 1. Gainey has served as an officer with the Lake City Police Department since Oct. 5, 2005.

Lake City Police Chief Kipp Coker requested that the council allow Gainey’s service weapon be given to him on his retirement date. Lake City Mayor Lovith Anderson Jr. said the state’s law allows the city to give Gainey the weapon when he retires.

In other business, the council passed the following ordinance and resolutions:

An ordinance to enter into a law enforcement assistance and support agreement with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.A resolution approving the appointment of two part-time municipal judges for two years beginning June 1 and expriring May 31, 2021.A resolution authorizing the city administrator to procure services and materials in an amount not to exceed $350,000 for the emergency repair of the wastewater influent pump system, with the understanding that prior to any expenditure, the city administrator will report back the engineering/construction plan and associated costs.