Town gets first peek at smaller budget

WINNSBORO – The Town of Winnsboro met for their first work session on the 2013-2014 budget April 11. Council is working with an estimated general fund of $3,182,843, down $794,255 from last year. During this first session, Council only reviewed the general fund budget and will review the utilities fund during the next budget session.

Town Manager Don Wood said this is the first look at the budget, which was developed from looking back five years and taking into consideration the information from the auditors. The biggest line item in the general fund is the Department of Public Safety, which is looking for $1,587,536 for 2013-2014, an increase of $136,985. Public Safety along with most other departments is seeing an increase in medical rates. The next budget work session is scheduled for April 25.