Holly Springs Town Manager Charles Simmons presented the proposed fiscal year 2017-2018 budget at the Town Council's May 2 meeting. In the proposed budget, the tax rate is set to remain the same at .4325 per $100 value.
Water and sewer access fees are to remain the same, but a 2% increase in monthly rates is proposed. The proposed rate increase reflects an increase in water costs to the Town of Holly Springs that is being charged by Harnett County.
Monthly garbage collection fees and recycling fees will remain at their current level of $9.69 for garbage collection and $4.34 for recycling. The proposed budget recommends an increase of $1 for yard waste removal; the current fee of $2 would increase to $3. Simmons said the revenue will help purchase additional equipment needed to enhance service.
"Holly Springs continues to be a great place to live as the Town maintains positive growth that enhances the Town's ability to improve services provided to its citizens and to invest in the Town's future through upgrades to the transportation infrastructure, water and sewer treatment, distribution and collections systems, public works, public safety and its parks and recreation facilities," Simmons stated in the budget message. The Council will meet in a special meeting budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 22 in the community room of the Hunt Recreation Center. The final budget will be prepared and a public hearing will be scheduled in June.
Also at the meeting, the council approved a funding agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation for widening Avent Ferry Road to four lanes from Piney Grove-Wilbon to Cass Holt earlier than planned. Construction could begin in 2019; originally, the state planned to widen the road in 2022. While the $7.5 million project will be funded by the state, town staff will manage the project administration.
The council received an update from Rex Healthcare on the expansion of their campus in Holly Springs. The 45,000 square foot medical office building is expected to open in January, 2018.
The council approved a development plan for the third phase of Bridgeberry with 158 single-family lots.
The Holly Springs Farmers Market coordinator updated the council about the grand opening of the market's 11th season May 6.
The mayor proclaimed May 6 as Kids Appreciation Day. The Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs is planning a free celebration for kids at Sugg Farm. Kiwanis Club Terrific Kids and teachers were recognized (see photo, right).
Holly Springs High School choral group Colla Voce was recognized for being named Overall Grand Champions at the Performing Arts Consultants National Competition, where they also were awarded a gold rating.