Granite Quarry budget hearing set for 5 p.m. Tuesday
Published 12:10 am Monday, June 26, 2017
By Mark Wineka
GRANITE QUARRY — The Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing on the town’s proposed 2017-18 budget at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall.
A special meeting to adopt the budget is then set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at Town Hall.
Town Manager Phil Conrad has proposed a budget that depends on a property tax rate of 41.75 cents per $100 valuation. That’s the same as the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
The owner of a house valued at $150,000 would pay, for example, $626.25 in town property tax under the budget proposal.
Residents also would continue to pay an $11 a month “environmental fee,” which includes garbage collection.
The total 2017-18 budget is proposed at $2,691,669, and it covers expenses for the governing body, administration, police, fire, maintenance, parks and recreation, waste and town projects.
In his budget message, Conrad says the proposal includes the following:
• A 2.34 percent merit pool increase for employees based on performance reviews.
• Funding for the CMAQ (a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant) Sidewalk Project in the amount of $490,000, which includes town matching funds of $56,000.
• Funding for all debt service, which for the town includes payments on the 2015 fire truck and on a water line serving the Village of Granite subdivision..
• The purchase of a new police car.
• Necessary equipment purchases for all departments.
• Operational funds to continue services to residents at current levels.
• Adjustments to cover inflation and any contractual increases.
The budget allocates $83,000 from Powell Bill funds to go toward repairing and repaving streets.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.