Williamston approves $5.4 million budget

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During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved second reading on the town’s 2020-21 budget and approved a property purchase. A disagreement among council members and the mayor on opening of Mineral Spring Park led to three councilmembers walking out of the meeting (see separate story on park opening).

There was no discussion on the $ 5.4 million budget, which was approved unanimously with no changes from the first reading. The General Fund includes revenues and expenses of $3,281,902; Water Fund $1,066,600 and Sewer Fund $1,066,250. Millage remains at 112.5.

According to the mayor, the most significant budgetary increases include: Street Department with a $6,946.00 increase; Parks & Recreation with a $26,213.00 increase; and Fire Department with a $12,577 increase.
The budget also includes some “One-time-money” requests, according to the mayor.
The Fire Department has requested $15,000 for an AC unit; $3500 for siren tower painting; $10,000 for concrete for the rear of the fire department; $15,000 for replacement of a vehicle for a total of $43,500.
The Police Department has requested $10,000 for a new computer and server.
The mayor is also requesting funding of $500,000 for Capital Improvement Projects and to implement prioritized projects from the town’s Comprehensive Plan.
Council also approved the 2020 election ordinance for the municipal election to be held Nov. 3, 2020 along with the general election. Open seats will include the Mayor’s seat, Town Council Ward 3 seat and Council Ward 4 seat.
The ordinance also eliminates the requirement for a petition with signatures for candidates.
Council also approved the purchase of a lot on Mineral Spring Park Lane from Debbie Walker/Living Trust for $8,500.