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Florence City Council to give budget a first reading

May 13, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence City Council is expected to conduct the first reading and a public hearing regarding its 2019-20 fiscal year budget Monday.

The balanced budget contained revenues and expenses of $92.848 million with the general fund budget at $38.489 million.

The budget also contains recommendations from city staff for a new fire station, the relocation of the Ben Dozier Fire Station and plans to upgrade the city’s wastewater treatment efforts.

There is also expected to be a city council meeting at another time to go further into detail regarding the expenditures in the budget.

Mayor Pro Tempore Frank J. “Buddy” Brand II is also expected to address the council at the meeting.

Brand said he would speak about the positives of cooperation in the city council regardless of politics or districts to improve the entire community and Pee Dee region.

The agenda for the meeting also contains the second reading of an ordinance to amend the 2018-19 fiscal year budget. Each year, the city faces expenses and revenues that are not accounted for in the budget ordinance; thus the city must amend the budget.

The council will meet at 1 p.m. in the city council chambers of the City Center, located at 324 W. Evans St.