The Town of Hilton Head Island's spending on public safety, recreation and beach services likely will remain unchanged in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Town Council on Tuesday informally blessed requests for money from agencies it supports, including the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office.
"Usually, it takes longer," Mayor Drew Laughlin said after it took only about 20 minutes for council to consider requests for the coming fiscal year.
"That's because they usually ask for more money," responded town manager Steve Riley.
In all, the town is expected to appropriate slightly less money that it did this year under the requests. The amounts will not be finalized until council passes the budget in June.
Council gave its tentative OK for:
Solicitor Duffie Stone noted in a letter to council that the criminal prosecution team netted a 96 percent conviction rate in 2010. Last year, criminals who lived and committed crimes on Hilton Head comprised 16 percent of the team's caseload. The cases involved shootings, stabbings, armed robberies, burglaries and cocaine trafficking.
That figure is similar to what the town will spend this year. The Sheriff's Office negotiated a new one-year lease agreement for office space at 7 Lagoon Road, saving the county and town a combined $23,000 on rent, said SuszanneCook, financial officer for the Sheriff's Office.