Maxton town employees this Christmas season will reap the benefits from money saved by their working only four days a week, according to Mayor Sallie McLean.
McLean said that as a result of a small savings from the town’s “furlough system,” employees will be treated to a Christmas dinner.
“This is just a little incentive for our employees and it’s not costing the town much,” said McLean, who said that the dinner will be paid for with part of about $7,500 in savings the town wants to give back to its employees.
McLean said that at this week’s meeting of the town commissioners, the town received a “very good” audit for fiscal year 2011-12 audit by John Masters of the accounting firm of Douglas S. Preston and Associates.
“The audit shows that we are gradually getting out of our financial slump,” McLean said. “It shows that we have increased our year-end cash balance.”
McLean said that Masters commended her and the commissioners for making the “hard financial decisions.”
“Earlier this year we had to cut back and say no to some things in order to get a workable budget,” she said.
In other business:
— Police Chief Tammy Deese reported that her department now has a new policy regarding the use of body armor.
— The alumni of the Carolina Military Academy requested that the town provide lighting for a flag pole at the academy’s memorial in Elizabeth Cole Park, McLean said. She said the electric bill would be paid for by the academy’s Alumni Association.