North Augusta municipal building

City Council will meet at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the municipal building for the study session and council meeting. 

North Augusta City Council will meet Monday to take the first votes on a proposed budget that doesn't include a tax increase, but does increase wastewater service fees and building permit fees.

Council will meet Monday evening and vote on the first of three readings of four ordinances related to the budget.

The first ordinance would adopt the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020.

The consolidated budget has an overall increase of $3,766,017, or 8.41 percent across all funds.

The second ordinance would levy the annual tax on property in the city.

The proposed budget does not include any tax increases for 2020, maintaining a millage rate of 73.5 mills. Allocation of the mills has changed, with 72 mills going into the city’s General Fund and 1.5 mills going to the Capital Projects Fund. The 2019 budget had 72.5 mills going to the General Fund, and 1 mill going into the Capital Projects Fund.

While the proposed budget doesn't include a tax increase, a notice for a public hearing ahead of the meeting states: "As with any budget year, there is potential for adopting millage and additional increases during the public hearing …"

The third ordinance would establish wastewater service charges by revising Section 14-68 of the city code.

The proposed budget includes a wastewater service charge increase of 14.5 cents per 1,000 gallons, according to the public notice.

The fourth ordinance would amend Chapter 6, Article III of the city code, which lists construction permit fees. The proposed budget includes building permit fee increases.

A copy of the proposed budget for 2020 is on the city's website, northaugusta.net.

A public hearing is scheduled to be held before the meeting at 6:45 p.m.

Along with the budget items, council will vote on a resolution to enter into a lease/purchase agreement for Lot 3 of Country Club Hills subdivision, and a resolution to accept by deed of gift 3.05 acres of land in the Bradley Terrace area from Summer Lakes Development, LLC.

Council will have a study session ahead of the meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss items on the agenda.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. The study session, public hearing and meeting will all be held on the third floor of the municipal building at 100 Georgia Ave.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges. 

Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.