City Council gives final nod to budget that includes plan to fund police body cameras
Budget includes 'fallback plan' to fund police body-worn cameras in absence of state funding
In a unanimous vote, Spartanburg City Council gave the city's $35.9 million fiscal year 2016 budget final approval at their meeting on Monday. The budget includes no tax or fee increases, with staff projecting a modest 4 percent increase in projected general fund revenues. In response to Council's vote at their last meeting to include a plan to fund body-worn cameras for city police officers in the budget.
Assistant City Manager Chris Story said that staff is optimistic that the state will fund the cameras or provide reimbursement if the city buys them. However, in the case that state funding isn't allocated to purchase the cameras, Story outlined a "fallback plan" to use around $92,000 from a fund started in March by four local nonprofits to benefit public safety, with the remaining $70,000 coming from the city's fund balance. Other new expenditures in the budget include a 2 percent cost-of-living pay increase for city employees, a 10 percent increase for the city's medical insurance fund, $60,504 for mandatory increases in the city's contribution to the state retirement system, $220,000 for building facilities maintenance.
Also at last night's meeting, Council unanimously approved $97,700 contract with Paver Installations & Construction to replace pavers on sidewalks along E Main Street as part of streetscaping updates currently underway. The project is expected to finish in early July.
For more on last night's Council meeting, see the full video below as well as a roundup of our live tweets.