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Public Hearing, First Reading of FY25 Budget Scheduled For May 20

By May 17, 2024No Comments

At Monday’s City Council meeting, there will be a public hearing and first reading of the proposed Fiscal Year 2025 budget, which includes funding for additional police officers, firefighters and public works personnel as well as stormwater improvements. To fund these investments, Council is considering a 6 mill tax increase, which amounts to $24/year or $2/month per $100,000 assessed home value.

This would be the City’s first tax increase in more than 15 years.

The meeting will take place in the courtroom at Mauldin City Hall on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

View a meeting agenda here.

View the proposed budget here.

More info on the FY25 budget:

The proposed $38.4M budget includes strategic investments in the Mauldin Police Department, Mauldin Fire Department and Public Works Department to meet the rising demand for services as the City’s population grows.

Specific investments include:

  • 4 additional patrol officers for the creation of a traffic team that will focus on accident response, traffic enforcement, parking enforcement and more.
  • 3 additional firefighters to operate the City’s new quick response vehicles, which will provide rapid medical response capabilities without the use of larger, more expensive vehicles.
  • 2 additional sanitation drivers to operate vehicles that provide trash and recycling collection services, brush pick-up and limb and leaf collection. With these additional personnel, the department will be able to resume bi-weekly brush pick-up, which is currently on a four-week rotation.
  • 1 additional Parks Division employee to help care for parks and recreation areas, city entrance signs and other beautification projects.
  • 1 additional Street Division staff member to enhance stormwater maintenance efforts.
  • The purchase of various capital equipment, including 6 police cars, a grapple truck and a side-loader garbage truck.

To fund these investments, the proposed budget includes a tax increase of 6 mills to City residents and businesses, and 3 mills to residents and businesses within the Mauldin Fire Service Area (unincorporated areas around Mauldin that are served by Mauldin Fire Department). The increase to the Fire Service Area millage would have to be approved by Greenville County Council.

What is the financial impact to residents?

  • For Mauldin residents, the financial impact would be $24 per year per $100,000 assessed home value. For example, if your home is worth $250,000, the increase would amount to $60/year or $5/month.
  • For residents in the Fire Service Area, the financial impact would be $12 per year per $100,000 assessed home value. For owners of a home worth $250,000, the increase would amount to $30/year or $2.50/month.

Both increases, if fully adopted, would be reflected in tax bills mailed in late 2024 and would be collected in early 2025.

All are welcome to attend Monday’s meeting in person or watch online here (click “Watch Live” under “City Council Meeting”).