Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler presented a recommended 2018-19 budget to County Council on May 14. The presentation showed the proposed budget is balanced and cuts spending. It does not recommend a property tax increase. If passed, Berkeley County will continue to have the lowest property tax rate in the state.
The proposed budget factored in increases in pension, health care and the demands of growth. Bottom line: The annual operating expenses decreased by 1 percent while still allowing the county to deploy more resources to where they are needed most.
I am curious about what cuts were made at a time when the county is experiencing such tremendous growth. Will public safety be compromised? If asked, would all department heads say there is adequate funding to provide the services citizens need and expect?
The third and final reading of the proposed budget is June 25 at the County Council meeting. Bring your questions and plan to attend.