Fort Mill Times

Tega Cay gets no-cost summer workers

Some new employees will join Tega Cay's workforce - and it won't cost the city a dime.

The temporary source of labor is courtesy of a summer youth program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also referred to as the federal stimulus package approved by Congress earlier this year. Locally, the program allows seven people to temporarily join Tega Cay's workforce, City Manager Grant Duffield said.

"We're able to provide the young people with some excellent experience," Duffield said.

At no cost, he said.

The effort will save the city about $12,000, he said.

The new hires come on board after city leaders last month voted to amend the city budget to offset a projected shortfall. The newly amended budget comes in at approximately $5 million. None of those funds are earmarked for the summer youth program, according to city officials.

"It's a great asset for the city," Mayor pro tem George Sheppard said of the summer youth program. "We get people to come in and work in our city at no cost to our residents."

The seven workers -- two women and five men -- are slated to began work Friday. Some of the new hires, ages 19 to 23, will work in city administration completing data entry tasks as well as billing-related work with Tega Cay Utility Department customers and general customer service, Duffield said.

Others will have a chance to learn about landscape and maintenance. During the program, the youth will gain invaluable work skills.

The summer youth program will last about eight weeks.