The City Council in Shinnston met in a special session Tuesday night to ‘Lay the Levy’ for the fiscal year 2019 through 2020. Council said they always try to stay within their budget constraints.
Shinnston City Manager, Chad Edwards said the budget was adjusted across the board creating freeing up $10,000,000 of the city’s money. After the special session, a work session was held discussing the monthly service fees for streets and police. Counci stated that currently the police department has a budget of roughly $500,000 a year and are providing more than $67,000 to them yearly from the fee’s collected.
“Our discussion this evening was to raise the police fee $2.50 and the street fee $2.50. The police have not been raised since 2008, and the street fee has not been increased from $4 since 1996,” said Pat Kovalck, Mayor of the City of Shinnston.
Mayor Kovalck also stated that it has been several years since raises have been applied to service fees, and as the cost of everything goes up the city’s cost will reflect that as well. He also said that street repairs and paving will be taking place within the next month.