County Council Approves Budgets

Laurens County Council gave final approval to the budget this week, following a public hearing on the spending plan Tuesday evening. The General Fund budget for 2020-2021 is set at $12,945,000. Council also approved a budget for the Special Purpose Tax District for the Laurens County Fire Service at just over $2.6 million.

The new spending plans raise the road fee from $15 to $25 a year to help fund needed road improvements. Council set the Animal Control fee at $10 per residence and a solid waste fee at $55 per residence.

The Victim’s Assistance budget was approved at $112,615. County Council also approved budgeting $500,000 for a Special Revenue Fund to cover delinquent taxes. Another Special Revenue Fund of $97,500 for set aside for the Johnson Detention Center. The county is to also continue a one mill levy for Higher Education which assists Piedmont Technical College and USCU at Laurens. Other levies this year include a 6.1 mill tax levy for a capital account.

Council member Joe Wood cast the only “no” vote on the County and the Fire budgets that go into effect July 1st.