WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING: SUMTER CITY COUNCIL

Sumter city budget passes with no tax hike

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 6/21/18

Sumter City Council approved second and final reading of the city’s 2019 fiscal year budget.

Balanced at $67,218,077, this the 11th consecutive budget without a millage increase, according …

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WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING: SUMTER CITY COUNCIL

Sumter city budget passes with no tax hike

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Sumter City Council approved second and final reading of the city’s 2019 fiscal year budget.

Balanced at $67,218,077, this the 11th consecutive budget without a millage increase, according to city manager Deron McCormick.

Total revenues and expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year have been balanced at $39,365,543 with the city projecting revenues for property taxes to reach $14,092,296.

The budget will go into effect on July 1.

Community Development Block Grant Entitlement allocation amendment

Reading: Second and final

What it means: CDBG entitlement funds are allocated to the city of Sumter annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address issues unique to the community and its residents. In the city, CDBG funds are used to provide housing, economic development opportunities and other assistance to low- and moderate-income households. For federal fiscal year 2018-19, HUD originally allocated $291,838 to the city, which adopted the funds on March 6. However, the city received a letter from HUD on May 1 announcing the municipality would be receiving $5,463 in additional funds for that same fiscal year, so an amendment was necessary to show that change.

Vote: Unanimous approval

What it means for you: City of Sumter has more funds to assist with issues such as local housing repairs, housing demolition, summer youth employment, YMCA youth services, Sumter United Ministries and historic preservation.

Lease-purchase agreement for public works vehicles and equipment

Reading: Final

What it means: A financial agreement not to exceed $1,407,000 to purchase vehicles and equipment for the public works department, including a street sweeper valued at $277,052.31; a fire pumper truck valued at $426,9494.32; a front-load garbage truck valued at $261,557; a recycling truck valued at $190,487; trash trailers valued at $64,726.64; and a rear-load garbage truck valued at $180,271.

Discussion: The city received bids for the lease-purchase agreement on Tuesday, and the winning bid had an interest rate of 3.06 percent from BB&T, City Attorney Eric Shytle said. It’s a very good interest rate and a routine lease-purchase agreement.

Vote: Unanimous approval

What it means for you: Newer equipment to assist city public works and Sumter Fire Department operations.

West Hampton Avenue Water and Sewer Replacement Project

Reading: Resolution, which requires only one vote from council

What it means: Water and sewer lines located along Hampton Avenue, between Salem Avenue and Purdy Street, will be replaced. They were installed nearly 100 years ago. Barwick Construction Co. of Sumter was selected as the contractor for the project after submitting the lowest bid of $470,593.50.

Discussion: “This is a project continuing to rehab an older part of our water and sewer system,” Assistant City Manager Al Harris said. “We will begin as quickly as we possibly can, but we want to have a lot of meetings before we do so. It’s going to take some time, but we’re going to try to accommodate the public the best we can.”

The neighborhood association would be a good place to start, said Councilman Steve Corley, who represents Ward 4 where the project will take place.

Vote: Unanimous approval

Annexation of Old Field Road property into the city

Reading: First of two

What it means: The applicant, Belk Family Liquidating Trust, requested 7.12 acres on Old Field Road in the county — approximately 1,000 feet east of Stamey Livestock Road and just west of Ruger Drive — be recognized as property located in the city. The property, which is vacant and completely surrounded by city property, is currently split-zoned general residential and general commercial under the Sumter County Zoning Ordinance.

Discussion: Sumter City-County Planning Department Director George McGregor told council his staff recommends approval of the request.

Vote: Unanimous approval

Mutual aid agreement with Bishopville Police Department

Reading: Resolution

What it means: Mutual aid agreements allow law enforcement agencies to work and assist in the jurisdictions of partner agencies.

Discussion: “This is pretty standard when we work with other agencies outside of our jurisdiction,” Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark III said. Traditionally, an agreement is updated if there is a change in leadership within a partner agency, he said. It’s really more to do with worker’s compensation issues, he said.

Vote: Unanimous approval