LITTLE MOUNTAIN — The town of Little Mountain approved first reading of an ordinance changing the fiscal year to the year ending of June 30.
The town’s current fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 and Newberry County has a fiscal year ending on June 30. Mayor Jana Jayroe said this causes confusion in complying with county budget requirements.
The ordinance will change the town’s fiscal year end to June 30, effective Oct. 1, 2016. This will cause a short fiscal year for the town from Oct. 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The budget for the short fiscal year will be the budget passed by Town Council with a reduction of all income and expenses by one fourth.
“The one fourth removed from the short year budget will be added to the next fiscal year to make a complete budget for the first year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018,” Jayroe said.
The first reading was approved unanimously after Councilman Jeff Jefcoat made a motion and Councilman Marty Frick seconded.
In other business, Council also held a public hearing and approved the second reading for the 2016-17 General Operating Budget.
The town set its tax levy for the budget at 51.5 mills, the same as the previous fiscal year. The total projected revenue for the town is $158,379, which is the same as the total projected expenditures.
Highlights for expenditures include; $17, 814 for upkeep and repair, grass cutting, $21,043 for deferred maintenance and $13,100 for salaries.
The second reading was approved after Frick made a motion and Jefcoat seconded.
• The town tentatively set the the rescheduled movie night for Saturday, Oct. 22. This date is still pending as Council wanted to make sure there were no major conflicts.
• Council will soon be looking into rescinding or amending the Architectural Review Board Ordinance created in 2000. Jayroe said she feels that the ordinance is not working for their town, and said that an Architectural Review Board is great, if you are in Charleston.
• Council received a visit from the Dutch Fork Genealogy Society. The Society was looking into a potential place to house their genealogy records for a genealogy library, something they say will be good for tourism. Council said there could be potential to house the library in the Louie C. Derrick Community Hall/Library Senior Citizens Center located at 16 Depot Street. Part of the building is a part of this year’s CPST Project Sales Tax. If the 2016 CPST is approved, and when the construction is done, a spot could be made for the library.
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