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City Budget Moving Forward

Walterboro City Council is set to continue moving forward with its approval of the city’s newest fiscal year budget, with council members preparing to adopt the estimated $7.16 million.
The budget for 2017-2018 has taxes set at 88 mills, with no increases for taxpayers. If city council gives its approval at Tuesday’s meeting, then a public hearing is projected for June 6th. Following this public meeting on the budget, council can then issue its final approval. Based on this timeline, the adopted budget will likely take effect on July 1, according to information provided by city officials.
Part of the city’s budget breakdown is $714,337 that is being requested for the city’s parks department.
Additionally, there is $1.37 million requested for Walterboro’s Fire Department; $156,217 for the city’s Tourism Department; and $201,732 that is being requested for the city’s Judicial Department.
Based on proposed numbers, the Walterboro Police Department will likely operate on roughly $2.6 million. Also, included in the budget is a requested $117,000 for planning and development; $900,000 for Public Works; and $554,000 for the finance department.
Included in the budget is $204,000 for Walterboro City Council and $341,319 for the city manager’s budget. Most of these particular budget costs are going to pay for personnel costs. However, neither the city’s Mayor or City Council members requested a pay raise from last year’s budget.

CPA Golf Tourney
The Colleton Prep Academy Annual Capital Campaign Golf Tournament is being held this Friday on May 5th at Dogwood Hills Golf Club. The 27-hole tourney will be played with two teams. The teams will tackle the tourney with 9-hole sections of alternating shots, best ball and Captains Choice. Anyone wanting to sponsor a hole or anyone wanting to play in a tournament, contact Lori Beard at lbeard@colletonprep.org.

Council to approve Walk and Wag
Walterboro City Council is set to approve a request at its council meeting this week for the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary to again host the annual Walk and Wag Fundraiser. The fundraiser is being held for FOCCAS, Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter. The request is part of the council’s agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.
The Walk and Wag fundraising event is slated for Sept. 23rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the sanctuary.

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