Proposed Budget Public Hearing May 7

On April 16, the Town Manager presented the Mayor and Town Board of Commissioners with a balanced Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20, covering the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The Mayor and Town Board will hold a Worksession on this budget on Tuesday, April 30 at 5:30pm at Town Hall.

The public is invited to comment on the budget at a public hearing on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00pm at Town Hall.

Important items to note in the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Proposed Budget include:

Revenues

  • Property tax rate remains at $0.48 per $100 assessed value
  • No fee increases to waste collection
  • Municipal vehicle tax increase from $10 to $20 per registered vehicle
  • Reduction in street development fees for multi-family units

 Administration

  • Communications partnership with EWTV and Town of Wendell

 Finance

  • Addition of Human Resources Analyst position

 Community & Economic Development

  • Implementation of the Economic Development Strategic Plan

 Planning

  • Transit study in conjunction with the Town of Wake Forest
  • Update to the Community Transportation Plan, last update was in 2002
  • 2020 Census campaign publicity

Police

  • Additional Police Officer to provide for two Officers and one Sergeant on each shift
  • Routine radio and vehicle fleet replacement per schedule

Public Works

  • Additional funding for wayfinding signage program
  • Conduct stormwater assessment to determine future municipal needs
  • Purchase of a replacement mower and lease of a backhoe
  • Implement contracted street sweeping service
  • Resurfacing program for priority streets

Parks and Recreation

  • Existing Special Events Program Coordinator from permanent part-time to full-time
  • Update to the Open Space and Greenway Plan, last update was in 2002

 Special Appropriations

  • Capital contribution, from debt service lapse and equivalent of three cents of the tax rate
  • Increase in partnership agreement with Chamber of Commerce
  • Continuation of costs due to compensation and classification study, effective April 13, 2019
  • Retirement system contribution increase per pension system requirements

 Capital Projects

  • Main Street Vision Plan, including Burlington Mills Road realignment
  • Master site plan for athletic/cultural facility on Town-owned 116 acres
  • Town Hall maintenance for rear parking area and customer service area/security