Council members added several amendments to the budget before the final reading Monday.
They voted to add $50,000 to Upstate Alliance, $5,000 to Pickens County Seniors Unlimited, $5,000 to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, $2,000 to the Golden Harvest Food Bank, $19,025 to the S.C. Association of Counties, and $25,000 to the Free Medical Clinic.
All of the amendments pulled money out of the contingency fund, so the budget didn’t increase.
Council also voted not to fund the Pickens County Soil and Water Conservation District $14,795. The final vote was 2-4, with only Sam Wyche and Jeff Martin favoring it. Councilman Tom Ponder then made a motion to only fund it $10,000, but the motion failed. The vote was 3-3, with Ponder, Martin and Wyche in favor of it. A majority vote is needed.
Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner Larry Dyck, who had request the money, said after the meeting that he was disappointed with the vote that essentially provided no money for the Soil and Water Conservation District.
In other news, council:
-Approved a budget amendment regarding the current fiscal year.
-Approved an ordinance regarding the Oconee/Pickens counties Park.
-Approved a resolution of mutual aid with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies.