Greenwood City Councilmen, from left, Ronnie Ables, Johnny Williams and Kenn Wiltshire discuss the 2014 budget during Monday night's regular meeting.
(Chris Trainor | Index-Journal)
Property taxes in the City of Greenwood will increase in 2014.
Greenwood City Council passed the city’s 2014 budget during Monday night’s regular legislative session at the Municipal Building.
The budget passed by a count of 5-2, with Councilmen Johnny Williams and Ronnie Ables dissenting. There was a public hearing on the budget matter, but no one from the public participated.
The budget is balanced at $14,664,391. It calls for a 5 mill property tax increase and a 3 percent cost-of-living pay increase for employees.
Big ticket equipment purchases on the budget include a pumper for the fire department, a sanitation truck, five patrol cars and a leaf and limb loader vehicle.
It was not a surprise Williams voted against the budget Monday night. He also voted against it at first reading. The longtime councilman has been vocal in his opposition to the budget for a number of reasons, including the fact it still contains a $50 public works fee that was installed a few years ago.
Following Monday’s meeting, Williams was openly disappointed. Not necessarily because the budget passed, but because no one from the public spoke on the budget during public hearing.
“Why should we really care? The public doesn’t seem like they care,” Williams said. “They don’t support us. So, why argue about it anymore? ... I’m very disappointed. There was nobody here to oppose any of it.”
FOR MORE OF THE STORY READ THE INDEX JOURNAL