GREENWOOD- Members of the Greenwood County Council met Tuesday evening at the Greenwood County Library, with a primary item of business being the discussion of the county’s General Budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
According to County Manager Toby Chappell, the proposed balanced budget is set at $19,008,253, an increase from the previous year, which was set at $18,953,158. As explained by Treasurer Lisa White, the first reading of the final budget is scheduled to take place on May 21st, but is subject to change.
In other business, Rhonda McAllister with Human Resources discussed a consideration for bids regarding Greenwood County Classification, Compensation, Staffing & Efficiency Analysis. Two separate groups placed bids, as McAllister explained. The total proposal price of The Bryher Partnership is $181,120, with the total proposal price for Management Advisory Group International being $48,700. McAllister is hoping that the group that has their bid accepted will help improve the overall quality within the Human Resource department.
“Hopefully we are going to have a strong backbone of the HR department,” McAllister said. “We will be organized and more lean. If we are not more lean, we will be more efficient.”
Also discussed was funding for the fifth annual Festival of Stars, to be held on June 28-29. At the meeting, Ninety Six Town Mayor Arvest Turner requested up to $2,500 dollars to assist in funding for the event that has welcomed an average of 15,000 to 20,000 people each year.
Councilwoman Edith Childs proposed to construct packages with detailed job descriptions, duties, and payment details of elected and appointed officials within Greenwood County. She also discussed the potential of the county hosting an ethics workshop that would be conducted by Cathy Hazlewood with the South Carolina Ethics Commission. Both issues will be further discussed at later dates.
Following a closed-door meeting, council members further discussed the proposed General Funds Budget in a Budget Workshop, prior to adjourning the meeting.