Simpsonville will hold the first of two readings of its 2017-18 budget on Monday night. If approved, the plan will eliminate some services for businesses, but add back others for residents that own property in the city limits.
There is some contention from business owners, primarily from mobile home park owners, regarding the loss of waste removal services. However the budget anticipates future growth and infrastructure needs in the city. Of note is the Planner II position that will help the city create a master plan and address urgent needs. (see previous article: Simpsonville “on Track” for Cultural Growth Downtown)
The biggest relief for city residents could come in the form of restored brush pickup. If the budget passes, bundling of limbs will no longer be required, and large items like furniture and broken appliances will be picked up again.
The assistant fire chief position remains in the budget. The role is critical to fire and rescue service as the city will open an additional station this year, and the current fire chief is expected to retire in the next few years.
Revenue from the city’s Accommodations Tax (A-Tax) will provide for an increase in spending on events and improvements to Heritage Park. The total $317,990 budgeted is impressive, but A-Tax revenue is separated into a special fund and must be budgeted for travel and tourism purposes, as explained by state law, SC Code Section 6-1-530.
All of the above is pending: the proposed budget will need to pass a second reading before it goes into effect on July 1. The proposed budget can be read in full below:
Monday night’s agenda also calls for the second reading of the revised animal ordinance. Details for that item can be found at Simpsonville focusing on becoming Fur-Family Friendly.
The meeting will be held at city hall on Monday, June 12, at 6:30 PM. Business owners and city residents may sign up to address the council for two minutes at the meeting.