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Without PD, Bethune has $30,000 surplus
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Now that the town of Bethune no longer has a police department to fund, it will have a $29,557 surplus on hand for the 2014 fiscal year that started July 1. Bethune Town Council passed third and final reading of the budget at a special June 27 meeting. According to budget documents obtained by the Chronicle-Independent through a S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, disbanding the police department and no longer having to pay a judge to hear Bethune cases removed $64,079 from the expense side of the FY 2014 budget, compared to FY 2013.