2018-02-09 / Front Page

BPW customers won’t see rate increase

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Staff Writer

Gaffney Board of Public Works commissioners signed off on a proposed budget during Tuesday’s planning workshop 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.

A vote on the new budget will take place in March.

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

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