The Holly Springs Town Council invites residents to suggest how the town’s tax dollars should be spent in the new budget year that begins July 1.
The public hearing will be a part of the Council’s next regular business meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 in Council Chambers of Holly Springs Town Hall, 128 S. Main Street.
This pre-preparation budget hearing is an opportunity for citizens to share what new programs, services or facilities they would like provided; what existing programs or services they hope to see expanded; what projects or programs are priorities, and what they think of existing fees and rates.
“In short, this hearing will give citizens the chance to tell us how they feel their tax dollars should be spent… or, saved,” said Mayor Dick Sears.
The town’s new fiscal year begins July 1, but the process of formulating the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 begins in early spring. The Town Council must adopt the budget prior to June 30, and a public hearing is a required step before adopting the spending plan.
The legally-required public hearing generally is held in May after the town manager proposes a budget. At that point, however, it may be too late for major changes.
Holding a public hearing early in the process, as well as at the end as required by law, gives town officials the chance to give public comments serious consideration.
Speakers will be asked to keep their comments to a limit of three minutes each.
Citizens and groups also can send written suggestions to the Town Clerk, Town of Holly Springs, P.O. Box 8, Holly Springs, NC 27540. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received will be forwarded to the Town Council and town manager for consideration.
The deadline to submit written comments is 5 p.m. Monday, March 16.