Richburg, Fort Lawn pass annual budgets

-A A +A
By Staff Reports

The Towns of Richburg and Fort Lawn have started off the fiscal year under their new budgets.

At their June meeting, the Town of Richburg held their public hearing and the second reading of the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget of $173,966. This is a 14.83 percent increase in last fiscal year’s budget of $151,500. Richburg has no millage rate. No citizens signed up to speak during the public hearing on the budget.

In nearby Fort Lawn, the second and final reading of the budget took place on June 5. The total budget, including revenues and expenses from the general fund, sewer fund, municipal tax fund and the victim assistance fund is $603,298. Last year’s budget, minus the victim assistance fund was $596,371.


In other business, Richburg Council:

  • Heard a report from the Richburg Fire Department. Fire Marshal Capt. Mike Ehrmanntraut said the department has had 47 calls for service since their report the previous month, an average of 10-14 calls per week. Statewide, as of May 15, there have been 49 fire fatalities in 39 fatal fires – 23 in the month of January alone, Ehrmanntraut reported. He reminded the audience the Richburg Fire Department sells address signs and posts, $20 for the reflective sign and $25 with a post. “We say, ‘We can’t help you if we can’t find you,” he said.
  • Heard a report from Planning and Zoning and Board of Appeals on a recent training class. The town plans two more training sessions, one on July 14 which is a joint training with Mayor Harris, town councilmembers and the Planning and Zoning and Board of Appeals members, and a mandatory training for the same town officials on Aug. 6.


And in other business, Fort Lawn Council:

  • Approved second reading on Ordinance Amending Chapter 7, Article III, 7-314 of the Code of Ordinances for the Town of Fort Lawn, Discharge of Weapons;
  • Approved second reading – Addition of Chapter 9, Town of Fort Lawn Code of Ordinances, Standards for Placement of Small Wireless Facilities in Covered Areas;

And approved modification to the lease agreement with the Fort Lawn Community Center, Inc.