Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Dorchester County teens searching for a summer job may have an easier time of it this year after Dorchester County Council approved a budget increase to the Summer Youth Employment Program at its Jan. 21 meeting.
Based on a recommendation from the Budget, Finance and Purchasing Committee, Council approved a $10,000 increase to the program budget, making the total budget $25,000.
Various county departments in need hire the youths to work over the summer for minimum wage, which will culminate in a $1,000 payday per worker. By increasing the budget, Council enabled the county to increase program enrollment from 15 to 25 summer employees.
Ridgeville Mayor James Williams first made the request for $7,000 in additional program funds in June 2013. The Budget, Finance and Purchasing Committee heard the request the following month and voted to revisit the motion in January during a mid-year budget review.
According to the county Budget and Finance Department, the program budget was previously $20,000 but was decreased to $15,000 in fiscal year 2010.
Councilman Willie Davis has been supportive of the idea since June, and said, “I appreciate this so much, these are valuable workers to us. ... It’s a big help to the summer workers and to the county itself.”
The vote to approve the budget increase was unanimous.