Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Berkeley County will close out the fiscal year June 30 without a new budget for 2014-2015.
During the June 23 regular meeting of council, council members unanimously voted to defer the budget’s final reading until at least the July meeting while some differences get ironed out.
At the meeting, Councilman Caldwell Pinckney said he’d like to give employees a 3 percent cost-of-living raise. Councilman Jack Schurlknight, who faced a runoff the next day, concurred.
But, according to Finance Committee Chair and Councilman Tim Callanan, that difference was not proposed earlier. Instead, he’s focused on changing law enforcement’s overtime policy, providing new emergency vehicles, and solving the debt owed by Cypress Gardens to the county, Callanan said.
The proposed budget projects an extra $3 million of revenue and is set at $61 million. While no new budget is passed, the county must operate under the spending laid out from the previous year, according to Callanan.
Last year, it took until September for the council to pass the $58-million budget.