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Cottageville approves budget

Cottageville Town Council met on Monday night, approving the town’s upcoming operating budget in the amount of $844,525.00.
The 2016-2017 budget came with no big changes or the creation of any taxes for the town’s residents. Additionally, the town’s expected ticket fines are its largest source of revenue. According to the town budget, Cottageville expects to receive $612,004.00 in court fines.
The town’s second-largest source of funds is from projected franchise fees. Cottageville is anticipating receiving $58,000 from these fees, which are paid to the town from its retailers.
As for expenses, the town’s largest project expense comes at a cost of approximately $314,000. The town is expecting to send this amount to the state in assessments, which are due from traffic citations and court fines.
The town’s second-largest expense is for the police department. According to the town’s approved budget, more than $262,200 will be spent in the Cottageville Police Department. This includes police officer salaries and an estimated $5,000 in police officer uniform costs.
“It’s a budget we are proud of,” said Cottageville Mayor Tim Grimsley.
New to the budget this year is $15,000 in funds allotted for disaster preparedness. According to Grimsley, this money will be used to buy cots and generators for town residents to use in the event of an emergency. “Anything that you will need to help with a disaster is what we want to prepare for, from cots for a temporary shelter for town residents to generators,” he said.
The budget also includes $12,876 for a gym loan for the town to continue to convert the former Cottageville Elementary School gymnasium into a new town civic center; $7,000 are allotted for the ongoing creation of a new Cottageville Library; and $5,000 in office supplies.
The town’s budget was approved by a unanimous vote; however, two council members were not present at the Monday meeting, leaving the remaining three council members to pass the budget.
In other Cottageville Town Council business:
Grimsley notified council that the town’s former police Chief, Charles Long, is no longer with the police department. Long left the department two weeks ago to seek a new career in firefighting, Long told The Colletonian in a separate interview. Grimsley has since appointed the town’s former assistant chief as the new police chief. Cottageville Police Department officer Chris Lovelace is the town’s new assistant chief. Lovelace is also running on the county’s Democratic ticket for sheriff.

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