Former city manager to assist with new budget
A former Aiken city manager is assisting City Council with the proposed 2014-2015 budget in the wake of Richard Pearce's resignation last week.
LeDuc served the City of Aiken as both city manager and Public Works Director from 1998 to 2011.
After retiring in 2011, he served as the interim administrator in Edgefield County and in the Town of Williston.
LeDuc is currently working with and for Trenton, Edgefield and New Ellenton.
Former city manager Roger LeDuc verbally agreed to help Council meet its budget concerns regarding revenues, expenditures and a potential millage rate increase to fund raises for employees.
LeDuc served the City of Aiken as both city manager and Public Works director from 1998 to 2011. After retiring in 2011, he served as the interim administrator in Edgefield County and in the Town of Williston. He currently works with and for Trenton, Edgefield and New Ellenton.
LeDuc said he plans on being at both future budget work sessions and the regular Council meeting on June 23. He will also be available should Council choose to hold additional meetings to vote to raise the millage rate and pass the budget on second and final reading.
A millage rate is a property tax based upon the property's value.
“The City, through their acting City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh, has asked me to look at the budget,” LeDuc said. “I'll look at it and, hopefully, on the 23rd, be able to give them a couple of different options. They could either vote that night, or go ahead and have a special meeting probably on the 26th. I've been in contact with staff, Stuart, worked with the finance director, talked to some City Council members, on just trying to determine what are their concerns and needs so we can go ahead and get a balanced budget and meet the needs of the community.”
LeDuc and Council are drawing up a contract detailing how the City will pay for his assistance. That contract should be resolved by the Council next meeting, LeDuc said.
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.