Williston finalizes budget

Williston Town Council adopted the fiscal year 2013-14 budget during a special called meeting July 1.
The general fund budget is $1.92 million, and projected expenses for next year are $22,000 less than last year.
There is no millage increase, but council approved a 10 percent increase in the base rates for water and sewer services. Interim Town Administrator Roger LeDuc has said the town's rates are, on average, about 20 percent lower than other towns of similar size.
Williston has not increased water and sewer rates in more than five years.
The monthly base rate for water for a 5/8-inch or 3/4-inch pipe will be $12.65 for in-town residents and $18.98 for out-of-town residents. The sewer rate for in-town will be $17.20 for the same size pipe and $25.80 for out-of-town customers.
The budget also includes:
Up to $600 in bonuses for all town employees.
Additional funding for the police department to hire a ninth officer and buy a new patrol car and equipment.
The town will begin using inmate labor to save money on maintenance staffing. The inmates will have a supervisor and cost $15,000 a year compared with the $40,000 the town pays four workers for six months of work. Inmates will work year round doing everything from mowing grass to oil changes in the town garage. The town is liable for any injuries an inmate suffers while working.
Council will buy the lights along the rail trail from SCE&G for $16,000. The plan is to put the lights on timers and save money over the long term. LeDuc has said the plan can save $10,000 a year.
The fiscal year began July 1.