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News Release

Hilton Head Island Town Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Budget

Release Date: June 1, 2021

Contact Information:
Marc Orlando email icon , Town Manager, 843-341-4701

Hilton Head Island Town Council unanimously approved the Town’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 consolidated budget on second and final reading at its June 1 Town Council meeting.

For the third year in a row, there will be no increase in millage keeping Hilton Head Island at one of the lowest millage rates state-wide. State law requires all municipalities to adopt an annual balanced budget ordinance before July 1. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

The proposed consolidated budget is comprised of four different funds: General Fund, Capital Improvements Program Fund, Stormwater Utility Fund, and Debt Service Fund.  The proposed FY 2022 consolidated budget totals $96,838,322, and will serve as a catalyst for implementing change and improvement in the community, enhancing customer service and satisfaction, and making impactful investments in capital projects.

The Town’s annual budget was developed in conjunction with feedback from citizens, various boards and commissions including the Town’s Planning Commission, the Mayor and Council, the Town Manager, and each department within the Town. Town Manager Marc Orlando presented the budget to Town  Council at its meeting and public hearing on  May 4. Town Council hosted a public workshop on May 11.  The meetings and workshop were broadcast to the public via Facebook Live on the Town’s Facebook page.

“This is the first budget I have prepared for the Town of Hilton Head Island as Town Manager, and I am very pleased with the outcome of our budget process. The amount of input and support from our staff and elected officials ensures that we have a solid budget policy to deliver Town Council’s strategic plan priorities and build a resilient Hilton Head Island community,” Orlando said.

“The Town continues to benefit from ongoing economic strength and growth that underpins its healthy tax base trends and strong, reliable financial performance. Our projections, however, remain conservative due to lingering uncertainty regarding the economic recovery and our utilization of prudent fiscal practices.” Orlando said.

The adopted budget keeps the property tax millage the same as FY 2021 at 28.10 mills. “I am pleased to present a balanced budget with conservative revenue projections and careful expenditure choices,” Orlando said. “We have made strategic choices in where we will allocate our funding and will use those resources to make substantial impacts in our community, especially in maintenance areas.”

Budget Highlights

  • No increase in the Town’s tax millage rate.
  • Expands the Town’s Fire Rescue staff with the addition of three firefighters and provides for updating public safety equipment.
  • Includes the hiring of beach ambassadors for a more positive and proactive connection with our residents and visitors, and will be funded by Beach Preservation Fees.
  • Supports maintenance and landscaping to account for enhanced services at both Town and County owned parks, increasing year-round utilization, and the completion of the new Low Country Celebration Park.
  • Supports implementation of an in-house inspection and maintenance program for Town-owned properties, infrastructure and facilities utilizing Cartegraph asset management software, on-the-spot facility maintenance programs, “See-Click-Fix”, and quarterly reports – all to keep the Town and its assets in the best working order possible
  • Supports an aggressive $28 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for projects including management of beaches, pathways, roadways, facilities and fleet, and land acquisition.
  • Provides funding support to maintain the Town’s strategic partnerships with external/affiliated agencies in areas such as cultural heritage, recreation, economic development, law enforcement, criminal prosecution and public outreach.

“Our budget allows us to invest in meaningful ways in our people, our public infrastructure, our long-range planning initiatives, and our customers. We look forward to serving and enhancing our community” Orlando said.

Mayor John McCann said the budget positions the Town to begin its new fiscal year in the right direction. “We all worked closely together to make sure our budget can support a wide range of capital projects and community requests. I think this budget accomplishes that and I’m proud that we we’re unanimous in our decision to adopt it.”