Tega Cay approves $8.6M budget

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comSeptember 23, 2013 

— Tega Cay’s budget for the coming fiscal year won’t call for a tax rate increase, following approvals last week.

City Council approved more than $8.6 million at its Sept. 16 meeting, including a $6.53 million general fund, $1.38 million for Tega Cay Utilities Department, $388,333 for stormwater improvements, $202,153 for the beach and swim center, $100,000 for hospitality tax funding and $83,652 for community events.

“I’m impressed,” Mayor George Sheppard said, noting it is usually to the end of September before the final budget kinks are worked out for the year starting Oct. 1. “We’re done early this year.”

City Manager Charlie Funderburk said new staff will be added in the fire department, development service and public works departments. A new restroom will be added at Trailhead Park and a new sidewalk from Runde Park to the traffic circle on Windward Drive. The Glennon Center interior will also be repainted and upgrades made to the police station and city-owned boat storage lot.

“Council took a strong approach to maintaining and enhancing our current assets and infrastructure with this new budget,” Funderburk said. “This is evidenced by the increased funding for street and park maintenance.”

Council made several more financial decisions last week. Members approved a low bid of $147,500 for work to create a new council chamber in the bottom of the Glennon Center, just behind where council now meets. The new space will accommodate more seating and help avoid conflicts with community use of the current space, members say.

Councilwoman Dottie Hersey pointed to the meeting where the decision was made, when a discussion on wastewater service drew a standing room only crowd that spilled into the hallway.

“That’s one of the reasons we’re undertaking this work,” she said.

Council also voted to give Funderburk a one-time, $10,000 bonus. Part of the reason given was Funderburk’s completion of an International City/County Management Association certification ahead of schedule.

“Council felt that we wanted to reward him for that as well as the work he’s done for the city the past nine months,” Sheppard said.

The current year’s general fund was approved this time last year at $6.07 million. The revenue that came in was $7.05 million. Drivers in that increase were the sale of property ($243,800) and C-fund money ($316,736) – along with significant increases in car tax, permit, building inspection, recreation, business license and penalty revenue against what was projected.

Council amended the budget last week to spend the difference on a new council chamber upfit, bathroom and roof work at Pitcairn and Windjammer parks, reserve money for the golf club, expenses at various city properties and other costs.

The city anticipates another $200,000 coming in the next budget to help grow reserve funding.

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