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Berkeley County Council delays budget vote

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Thursday night, Berkeley County Council decided to delay a vote on the county budget.

Finance committee chairman Tim Callanan helped put together the budget council was considering, "there were certain things that did not get funded, that were not in the Supervisor's budget, so we were determined to find the savings for them."

Callanan and other council members basically took the budget Supervisor Dan Davis submitted, which on expenditures, Callanan says was about a 20% increase over the actual amount spent last year. Instead, Callanan says they will increase the budget about 4.2% over the actual amount spent last year.

The budget would partially fund additional staff for the Hill Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner, which has not had enough funds to staff the new addition to the facility.

Callanan says another priority of council will be funded, "reopen the Goose Creek satellite office, which is a huge convenience and money saver for a majority of the residents who live closer to Goose Creek than Moncks Corner."

Also, you will see a lower property tax bill. The budget would credit 80% of Local Option Sales Tax dollars to property taxes, as opposed to the 71% that has been credited in recent years. 

And rather than a 3% cost of living increase for employees, council is considering a sliding scale, which may allow lower salaried employees more than a 3% increase, while higher salaried employees would see less than a 3% increase.

Council decided to pass another continuing resolution Thursday night. That gives them until August 25th to pass a budget.

The next meeting for council is scheduled for August 12th.

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