Budget hearings scheduled for Pelzer, Piedmont

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By Stan Welch
Two area towns have scheduled public hearings, as required by state law prior to final readings of their proposed budgets.
Pelzer has scheduled their public hearing for Tuesday, June 11 at 6 p.m. at the community building. The budget, as proposed, would be balanced with revenues and expenditures of $1,128,505 each. This is despite a projected increase in revenues of $123,174 compared to a projected increase of expenditures totaling $160,874.
Piedmont will hold a public hearing on its proposed budget at the Piedmont Public Service District offices located at 3 Highway 86 on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. The proposed budget shows revenues of $1,553,716 and expenses of $1.553,140, for a surplus of $576.00.
The 2018-2019 budget showed revenues of $1,416,771 and expenditures of $1,416,391, for a surplus of $380.00. That budget reflected a tax levy of 65.3 mill for the fire department, 6 mills for the street light department and 2 mills for the recreation budget, for a total millage of 73.3 mills. This year’s budget calls for an increase to 75.6 mills.
The public will be allowed to speak without restrictions during the public hearings.