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City of Sumter budget for 2021 to have no tax increase

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 6/3/20

To continue combating the spread of COVID-19, Sumter City Council passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday to suspend door-to-door sales.

The ordinance added to the agenda Tuesday for council's virtual biweekly meeting - they met in person - was …

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City of Sumter budget for 2021 to have no tax increase

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To continue combating the spread of COVID-19, Sumter City Council passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday to suspend door-to-door sales.

The ordinance added to the agenda Tuesday for council's virtual biweekly meeting - they met in person - was brought before council to conduct a peddlers license suspension, which includes door-to-door sales and solicitations by peddlers, who sell items place-to-place. The suspension will last up to 60 days.

According to City Manager Deron McCormick, council decided to pass the emergency ordinance as the country is still dealing with the pandemic, and they want to make sure the community is staying safe.

Council unanimously approved the emergency ordinance, which was passed after one reading. Councilwoman Ione Dwyer was absent.

In other news, council unanimously approved the first reading to amend the fiscal year 2020 budget to $73,018,661 with no discussion.

Council also unanimously approved to consider adopting the budget for fiscal year 2021, and council was able to balance the budget to $70,907,273.

The budget has been balanced since the previous council meeting on May 19, when there was a deficit of $380,931 between $70.6 million in projected revenue and $70.9 million in projected expenditures left to balance in the general fund.

Council also went into executive session to discuss personnel matters to Boards and Commissions, and no action was taken.