Trash fees, service focus of public hearing

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 05:28 PM.

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders said the argument came down to one factor.

"The question now is, how much do you want to be aggravated to save," he said. "It’s a balancing act between more aggravation and less money."

Commissioners plan to meet again at 6 p.m. on Monday at Havelock City Hall for a final budget session. Board members said they wanted to hear from residents on the trash issue before the meeting and would most likely make a final decision then before a final vote on the 2013-14 spending plan on June 24.

The total budget of $15.6 million keeps the property tax rate at .465 cents per $100 in property value but does call for a trash increase — based on increases in tipping fees and fuel costs from the trash contractor — and water and sewer increases that will cost the average user about $1.25 per month.

The budget also calls for the elimination of two city workers and the reduction of hours for a third. That did not please resident Sean Lynch, a Cherry Point worker about to be furloughed.

"I know what it’s like to lose your position through no fault of your own," he told commissioners. "Myself personally, I wouldn’t mind paying a little extra on my tax, even with my furlough. It doesn’t have to be a dollar. It could be a quarter, 50 cents. If everybody paid that, that would save jobs."

Stuart thanked city staffers for the work they put in to balance a budget that is about $6 million less than the current budget and about $2 million less than the 2011-12 budget.

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