Without fanfare, the Havelock Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2013-14 budget during its meeting on Monday night.
"It’s been a long road to get here," Lee Tillman, city finance director, said on the passage of the $1.56 million budget that holds the city’s property tax rate at 46.5 cents per $100 in valuation.
Despite the lack of a tax increase, residents will still pay more in 2013-14 for city services. The monthly trash fee increased from $13.95 per month to $16.30 per month. City staffers have said the increase helps cover increased tipping fees and fuel charges from the contractor.
Mayor Jimmy Sanders expressed disagreement with the increase in trash fees, saying he had wanted the increase spread out over a two- or three-year period. Commissioners felt if the fee was increased this year, it would eliminate the need for increases for the next couple of years.
Residents on city water and sewer will also see a rate increase based on the cost-of-living increase. The average customer will pay about $1.25 extra per month.
In other business during Monday night’s meeting, the board:
-- met Patrick Williams, a recent Clemson University graduate who has been hired as the new program coordinator for the parks and recreation department.
-- reappointed Teresa Kaufman as a city alternate on the Board of Adjustment.
-- appointed Tom Braaten, Lockwood Phillips and George LeBlanc to terms on the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation and appointed Braaten chairman of the group through June 30, 2016.
The regular meeting lasted 50 minutes, at which time the commissioners went into a brief closed session to discuss a matter with the city attorney. The board took no action afterward.