The tax rate and fees for residential services including water and trash remain the same in the proposed 2015-2016 fiscal year budget presented at the Holly Springs Town Council’s meeting May 5.
"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 citizens and to invest in the Town's future," said Town Manager Chuck Simmons.
The proposed budget calls for the tax rate to remain at $0.435 per $100 valuation while the Town monitors state legislature decisions that could impact the revenues the Town expects to receive from the state. In addition to considering options that could adjust various revenues the State shares with towns, the state also is evaluating the authority of towns to levy business licenses.
Town fees and rates for water, sewer, stormwater, garbage, recycling and yard waste services are proposed to remain the same. Simmons noted the proposed budget maintains and improves services to citizens while controlling the costs for the services.
"It is important to have new development absorb additional expenses for infrastructure rather than passing cost on to existing citizens," Simmons said.
The Town is establishing a fiber optic telecommunications fund for leasing strands of fiber that exceed the Town's current broadband needs. Leasing strands will generate revenues that can be reinvested in the fiber infrastructure and its maintenance.
Ten new positions are proposed in the budget: an accountant, a building code inspector, three firefighters, two parks maintenance technicians, a streets technician, an Engineering development inspector and a pump station technician.
"I feel the Town of Holly Springs has a solid and conservative budget for next year," Simmons said.
The council is to meet May 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center to discuss the proposed budget in detail.
Click here to view the proposed budget online.
Other meeting news
The council approved a $195,600 contract to design and construct upgrades to the Utley Creek Water Reclamation Facility. The upgrades will allow the Town to use its state permit issued in May 2012 to treat and discharge up to 8 million gallons of water per day. Simmons noted the Town had been working on addressing the need for larger treatment capacity for more than 15 years. Read more about upgrading the treatment plant here.
The council adopted an amendment to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II post-construction stormwater ordinance. The amendment requires post-construction stormwater management on new and redevelopment projects that disturb one or more acres.
The council also entered an agreement with Wake County for $1 million toward the North Main Athletic Complex project, which will allow the Town to request the grant funding once construction has ended and most of the complex is open. The agreement is based on goals – number of events and long-distance visitors – for the facility. The Town plans to spend the funds on a second set of restrooms, a video scoreboard, streetscape enhancements along Main St. and a beverage garden.
The council approved renewing a mowing agreement with NCDOT for state roads in 2015. In exchanging for mowing state road rights of way, the Town receives $15,617. The council also authorized the Town attorney to enter into an easement agreement for relocation of power lines by Duke Energy at Fire Station 2.