City passes $12.4 budget

Published 3:01 pm Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Greenville City Council approved a $12.4 million budget Monday night for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The budget represents an $876,194 increase from the budget approved by the council for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

“We’ve been working on this for about three or four months,” Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said. “It’s a balanced budget and it’s close to the same amount as last year’s budget.”

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City Clerk Sue Arnold said the primary reason for the increase in the budget was grant funding the city received for upgrades to Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport. The $631,625 the city received will increase both revenue and expenditures for the city.

The budget also includes allocations for E-911 in the amount of $30,000 and the Butler County Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $4,000, as well as a sales tax rebate incentive for Wintzell’s Oyster House.

The budget did not include a 2 percent cost of living raise for city employees. The council also voted Monday night to suspend all merit raises for one year.

The city has given its employees a cost of living raise every year since 2005, according to McLendon.

“A few years ago we put a 2 percent cost of living raise in for our employees and also a merit raise,” McLendon said. “In this year’s budget, we will not be able to do that, and I regret that.”