By David Knox
The Metro Lynchburg Moore County Council met Monday night and had it second reading of the budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21, setting a special meeting for Monday night at 6:30 for the third and final reading.
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. Some $250,000 is being taken from the fund balance to balance the budget.
The second reading passed 13-1, with only Tommy Brown dissenting. Sandy Lewis was not present.
Also Monday was the second reading to recommend to the Election Commission that it be placed on the ballot to amend the charter to combine the Urban Services Fund with the County General Fund. The third and final reading of that will be next month. A hearing on the matter was held Monday, along with four other public hearings, including one for the budget for FY 2020-21. No come from the general public spoke at any of the hearings, although councilors asked questions and made input.
The council also approved a resolution to approve a lease/purchase agreement for water meters to be paid by the Metro Utility Department. That passed 12-2 with Brown and Sunny Rae Moorehead voting no.
In other action, Jim Crawford was approved as a new member of the Planning Commission.