At its June 4 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council adopted the town’s fiscal year 2019-2020 budget. The budget invests heavily in public safety and infrastructure while raising the property tax rate solely for transportation bonds that Town voters approved last fall.
The tax rate rises 5 cents from 43.25 to 48.25 cents per $100 in property valuation. A 5-cent increase was specified in the $40 million bond package that voters passed by a 60-40 margin.
The budget includes small increases - 2 percent or less - in monthly charges for garbage collection and for water and sewer service. The exception is recycling, with global market changes driving up the cost of service. The combined increase solid waste collection and utility service would total $1.90 per month for the typical Holly Springs homeowner.
Street Tree Ordinance Approved
Also at the meeting, the council approved replacing the town’s street tree policy with an ordinance clarifying the responsibilities of the town and homeowners in maintaining trees planted in and within 5 feet of the public right of way, along sidewalks and roads, and in designated easements.
In the approved ordinance:
- The Town is responsible for ongoing pruning of street trees for public safety – allowing for visibility at intersections and for traffic control signage, as well as for clearance around public street light fixtures to provide proper lighting of public sidewalks and streets.
- Homeowners are responsible for trimming street trees from public streets and sidewalks, allowing for clear and safe passage, and maintaining and trimming street trees for aesthetic purposes.
- Homeowners associations are encouraged to ensure street trees within neighborhoods are maintained as specified in neighborhood covenants.
The ordinance provides for an exemption of yard waste collection fees for oversized pickup when the town is notified of a planned homeowner-completed street tree maintenance activity.
"Topping," severe pruning and removal of healthy threes are not allowed, as well as replacing a removed street tree with a tree species different from what is required by the preliminary subdivision plan, which can be found by contacting Holly Springs Planning & Zoning at (919) 557-3908.
For more information or questions about street tree maintenance, contact the town’s Planning & Zoning Department.
Other Meeting News
Staff announced that Holly Springs was awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The achievement, which the town has received for the last 13 years, is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.
Staff noted that the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement also was presented to the Finance Department as the primary department responsible for earning the certificate.
Also at the meeting, council and staff discussed crosswalk safety and potential considerations to boost pedestrian safety.