Salisbury approves 4.9-cent tax increase: Budget supports public safety, compensation, infrastructure improvements

Published 12:05 am Thursday, June 20, 2024

SALISBURY — The Salisbury City Council formally adopted the budget for the fiscal year, which includes a 4.9-cent property tax increase from the previous rate of 61.6 cents per $100 valuation.

The action was taken on Tuesday to approve the budget recommended by City Manager Jim Greene last month. The upcoming fiscal year is the city’s annual financial period beginning July 1 through June 30, 2025.

In May, Greene presented a recommended city budget of $119,746,878 to the city council, which included a general fund total of $68,053,759.

The balanced budget includes a property tax recommendation of $0.665 per $100 of valuation. Last year, an average Salisbury home worth $231,685 had an estimated annual city tax of $1,427. For the upcoming fiscal year, the tax bill for the same home will be $1,541, up $114 for the year. The new budget will fund initiatives related to city council’s strategic plan priorities, such as an improved employee compensation package, new positions to support growth, capital investments and public safety.

Additional items in the adopted budget:

  • $102,000 for Fusus Enterprise Solution (law enforcement software)
  • $100,000 for roof audits for city facilities
  • New positions in police, fire, IT, public works and transportation
  • Stormwater and water/sewer projects
  • $197,000 for neighborhood stabilization
  • $30,000 for small business entrepreneur development grants

The FY25 budget also includes rate increases for Salisbury-Rowan Utilities to support infrastructure costs; Stormwater’s Capital Improvement Plan to support the implementation of the Eaman Park and Marsh Street drainage improvement studies; solid waste to address increased service demands, with additional collection points; and recycling contract increases.

The adopted budget can be found on the city website at on Monday, July 1.