Vote on $7.4 Million Laurens City Budget

Laurens City Council last evening gave first reading approval to a $7.4 million budget for next fiscal year which starts July 1st. City Administrator Gary Coleman summarized the spending plan that was developed in budget workshops with city council and department heads, when they went over proposed spending line-by-line.

Coleman said that budget ordinance 519-01 calls for a general fund budget of $6,856,750 while the hospitality budget is set for $600,000. He said the combined budget totals $7,456,750 and noted that’s an increase over last year of $41,050, which is 6/10ths of one percent above the current year. He said expenses and income are balanced. No tax increase is required, and no salary increases are included this year. Mayor Nathan Senn told WLBG that balancing the budget without a tax increase required some spending cuts in a few departments.

City Council approved the budget over one “no” vote from City Council Member Marion Miller. At the start of the meeting, Ms. Miller requested an executive session be added to the agenda. This was held at the end of the meeting. No action was taken following the closed-door session.