Meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall

Published: Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 02:44 PM.

Havelock commissioners have already rolled up their sleeves to create a balanced budget for next year. Now it’s time for residents to weigh in.

The Havelock Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed 2013-14 budget for 7 p.m. Monday at Havelock City Hall.

"The decision’s going to be made about how deep we get into their pockets because we’re going to set the tax rate for the year, and it’s based on that budget and the fees and charges for water, sewer and sanitation and all those things, and it’s nice to know and understand where the money actually goes," Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders said.

The city’s proposed $15.6 million spending plan keeps the property tax rate at 46.5 cents per $100 in valuation. But, the proposal calls for a 1.7 percent Consumer Price Index increase in water and sewer rates that will amount to an average increase of $1.25 per month for the typical household. The cost of trash pickup could go up from $13.95 to $14.50 per month.

"I’ve been doing it a long time and I would say that this year was the most difficult budget that we’ve had to deal with," Sanders said.

He said sales tax revenue is projected to be about $100,000 less than the previous year, which represents about one cent on the property tax rate. That led to tough decisions on how to balance the budget, he said, including city job cuts.

The budget calls for a reduction of the public information/grants position from 40 hours to 24 hours per week and the elimination of a planning department position.

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