Commissioners to review budget proposal

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The proposed fiscal budget for 2022 is now under final review by the town’s board of commissioners.

Restarting the town’s trash pickup service and increases for operations in the police department are the major changes to a budget that requires $4,578,000 for general funds and $3,494,100 for water-sewer funds.

It maintains the current property tax rate of 64 cents per $100 valuation, includes no increases for residents for town-provided services and sets aside funds for employee salary increases on a merit basis.

Department heads will conduct employee evaluations for merit-pay hikes.

Town Manager Jammie Royall summed up the document as “a good one.”

Here is the breakdown by department:

  • Governing board: $207,600 - decrease of $58,892;
  • Town manager: $195,800 - increase of $2,541;
  • Administration: $466,200 - increase of $54,007;
  • Public works: $996,200 - increase of $660,997;
  • Solid waste: $471,799 - increase $21,809;
  • Inspections/code enforcement: $150,700 - increase $23,271;
  • Municipal buildings: $103,500 - decrease $222,441;
  • Police department: $1,596,900 - increase $174,362;
  • Fire department: $475,300 - decrease $49,072;
  • Parks and recreation: $308,300 - increase $23,758;
  • Cemetery: $77,500 - increase $15,800.

Residents may inspect the document at town hall during normal business hours.

A special-called session is June 21 to hear public opinion and to adopt the budget.

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