Reform City Council takes a look at financial picture after getting request from
PCHS Athletic Club
By Doug Sanders Jr.
Editor and Publisher
The Reform City Council last Tuesday discussed their financial picture after
receiving a request for a donation from the Pickens County High School Athletic
Mayor Bennie Harton gave the Council a financial report for the fiscal year so
far and a report on collections from the taxes on the sale of alcoholic
beverages since they started.
The PCHS Athletic Department had made the request for help from the city several
months ago, saying they need to make about $8,000 worth of improvements to the
Councilman Ricky Richardson asked City Clerk Annette Maughan if she had a
recommendation on what the city could give as a donation to the school.
Mrs. Maughan said the financial report said that so far in this fiscal year
(which started Oct. 1, 2014 and will end Sept. 30, 2015) the city has taken in
$700,000 in revenues but had $718,000 in expenditures, so they are $18,000 in
the red right now. She said she could not give them a recommendation right now
because she didn’t know where the funds would come from.
Harton said the city has been hit hard by a lot of repairs to equipment,
primarily due to the age of several of the pieces of equipment.
Harton reviewed the report on the collection of taxes from the sale of alcohol.
Alcohol began to be sold in Reform in July of 2014, so the first report of
taxes came in August of 2014.
Since August of 2014, the city has received $23,128 in revenue from the sale of
alcohol ($5,542 in the 2014 fiscal year and $17,585 so far in the current
fiscal year). Harton said after looking at the figures, “The city will not be getting rich off of the alcohol sales.”
Councilman Willie Littles said the city should take a look at what it charges
for its gasoline taxes, because he believes people are driving to other towns,
including Gordo, to save a few cents at the pump.
The discussion returned again to the request from the Athletic Department, and
Richardson noted that the PCHS baseball season was over and that the team did
not make the playoffs so he suggested putting off a decision on their request
Councilwoman Nancy Keasler said the Athletic Department did not mention a
specific amount they requested from the city, and she felt that if they tabled
their request it should be noted that the city was not saying no.
Richardson made a motion to table the request until the start of the next school
term. Littles seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.
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