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Aiken City Council meets Monday; upcoming budget dominates agenda

March 25, 2019 GMT

Budget season for the city of Aiken is in full swing.

City Council’s Monday work session, beginning at 5 p.m., is entirely dedicated to sifting through and finely formulating the fiscal year 2019-20 budget, according to the agenda.

City Council will focus on solid waste – trash, recycling, yard debris – and the general fund during the meeting.

The draft budget was crafted with no millage increases, maintaining the current rate of 62 mills. Millage in Aiken has not been increased in three decades.

A recommendation, though, has been made to increase the monthly solid waste rate by $3 – to a total $20.

The extra money would help fund truck replacements, a part-time to full-time employee shift and more effective yard debris pickup, according to City Council briefing documents.

If the rate change is realized, it would be the second such bump since 2007.

Five more budget work sessions – four in April and one in May – have been proposed. That could change.

City Council will go into an executive session following the work session; City Council will be briefed by Gary Smith, the city attorney, regarding a deed of dedication for Summerton Village.

City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Various rezonings and annexations are on the schedule.

City Council meets at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.