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Council passes 2020-21 budget

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm

By David Knox

The Metro Lynchburg Moore County Council had its third and final reading of the budget for fiscal year 2020-21 at a special meeting on Monday night at the Lynchburg Legion Building.

The third reading passed 11-2 with Keith Moses and Tommy Brown voting against the budget’s passage. Houston Lindsey and Sandy Lewis were absent.

The $20 million budget has only small increases from last year, including across the board pay raises for employees and mandatory raises – as set by the state – for elected officials, as well as in the area of public safety. But some $250,000 is being taken from the fund balance to balance the budget. Moses said after the meeting that not balancing the budget was the reason for his “no” vote.

In other action, the council passed budget amendments; a resolution regarding appropriations for nonprofits (Centerstone and the Senior Citizens Center); fixing the tax levy for FY 2020-21; and a resolution for various fund appropriations.