2018-03-12 / Local News

BPW OKs budget with no rate increases, employees get raises

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Staff Writer

Gaffney Board of Public Works commissioners quickly approved at their monthly meeting Tuesday the new fiscal year budget that holds the line on rates.

The budget also contains some extra pocket change for employees, who will receive a 2-percent across-the-board raise.

But Gaffney Board of Public Works General Manager Donnie Hardin and operations engineer Kim Fortner have opted out of the pay hike. But don’t cry too much for them. They are the two highest-paid employees, with Hardin making more than $166,000 a year and Fortner earning nearly $140,000.

Hardin had said the utility avoided a rate hike because there was no increase in its wholesale power costs. Plus, there are no big capital projects to fund in the new fiscal year.

Last year’s budget contained a 2 percent across-the-board rate increase.

The proposed $42 million spending plan will go into effect April 1.

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