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Erwin BMA trims deficit

Nearly $1 million in expenditures was cut to more than $300,000 during a two-hour open work session for the 2015-16 budget on Thursday, May 28, of the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
BMA members will meet once again on Wednesday, June 3, at 3:30 p.m. to continue budget talks and to discuss amendments for the 2014-2015 budget. The current plan moving forward by members is for the town operate under a 2014-2015 continuing budget until a new budget for the next fiscal year can be put in place. The next BMA meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. on June 8 at Erwin Town Hall.
During Thursday’s meeting, it was announced that a 38-cent tax increase would have to be implemented if officials couldn’t find anywhere else to trim the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley said.
Revenues are expected to rise from different outlets, City Recorder Glenn Rosenoff said, with $500 coming per package store application. Officials estimate two to three package stores could be on the way in Erwin for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Once a store is cleared to sell items, Rosenoff said that within 90 days a store could have its doors open, as long as no construction is needed for a new building.
Cuts were also made within the police expenditures, including finding an option to focus on repairs to current police vehicles for the upcoming year.
The topic of student resource officers was also brought up during the work session. The Town of Erwin is projected to pay nearly $17,000 for SROs in schools and officials are expected to speak with the new director of schools, John English, in the coming days regarding plans moving forward for the officers inside schools.
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Concerns were raised during the work session over the funding for Joint Economic Board of Unicoi County.
The industrial board expenditures are more than $25,000 in the projected 2015-2016 budget. Funding for the board is implemented by the state – with cities and the county having a set price amount based on population, Hensley said. Partial funding for the EDB from the county could result in negativity moving forward, including losing grants included with the branch, officials said during the meeting.
“It sounds like the Economic Development Board needs to sit in during a budget meeting,” Alderwoman Sue Jean Wilson said.