Berkeley Council passes resolution to tide county over until budget is approved
MONCKS CORNER — Berkeley County residents will have to wait a while longer to find out if they will have a tax increase next year, and employees will have to wait to see if they will get a raise.
The Berkeley County Council Finance Committee was set to discuss the budget and council was going to going to give it a final reading Monday night, but the items were pulled from the committee and regular meeting agendas on Friday.
The fiscal year begins on July 1.
Instead, council passed a resolution approving “continuing appropriations” that will keep the budget the same until a new budget is passed.
County Supervisor Dan Davis said he didn’t know why the items were removed from the agendas.
“The chairman of finance pulled it,” Davis said. “He has control over the agenda.”
Other councilmen said the budget was not discussed because Councilman Tim Callanan, chairman of the finance committee, was out of town on business. Callanan could not be reached after the meeting Monday.
In May, Davis presented a balanced budget that included cost-of-living raises for county employees.
This month the Finance Committee heard budget requests from several elected officials and discussed other issues, including the reopening of the Goose Creek satellite office, which is estimated to cost $160,000.
The budget will be presented for final reading at council’s regular meeting on July 23, or a special meeting could be called before then.
Reach Brenda Rindge at 937-5713 or www.facebook.com/brindge.