Budget process continues for Sumter city, county councils

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 5/13/18

Sumter city and county councils continued to make progress with the 2019 budgets for their respective entities during budget workshops, both held on May 8.

Sumter County Council approved first reading of a balanced budget of $52,752,483 million …

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Budget process continues for Sumter city, county councils

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Sumter city and county councils continued to make progress with the 2019 budgets for their respective entities during budget workshops, both held on May 8.

Sumter County Council approved first reading of a balanced budget of $52,752,483 million during its meeting.

Council also discussed a $2.5 million bond that is issued annually by county council to fund capital requests such as new vehicles for Sumter County Sheriff's Office and other agencies.

Council will also consider using county reserve funds to renovate the former Sumter Fire Department headquarters building on Hampton Avenue and demolish the old detention center building behind the sheriff's office and construct a parking lot, said Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon.

Renovations - estimated to cost $700,000 - to the old fire department building will convert the building into a new headquarters for Sumter County EMS, he said.

Mixon said it will cost about $300,000 to demolish the old jail and $500,000 to construct a parking lot in its place.

City 2019 budget update

As of Sumter City Council's budget workshop on May 8, the budget reflected about $37.4 million in proposed revenues in general fund and about $39.5 million in proposed expenditures in general funds, with a deficit of approximately $2.1 million.

A budget worksheet issued during the meeting shows that $1.56 million was added to the proposed revenues.