May 08--CANDOR -- The 2014-15 budget draft is ready for recommendations from Candor commissioners and citizens.
Commissioners Rob Martin, Jerry Brewer, Frank Harris and Tim Smith and Mayor Phillip Hearne got their copies at the regular meeting Monday.
Town advisor Ron Niland said the draft was a starting place for commissioners and the citizens to study and make suggestions. Citizens can just read or request a copy at town hall during business hours.
The current tax rate of 62 cents will not change.
The budget, which has a modest increase of $23,000 over the current budget, includes a 1-1 1/2 percent salary increase for employees, a donation to the county recreation fund and a $500 maintenance fund for the K9.
This year, all municipalities will have to purchase an unemployment insurance policy because the state has taken away all other options.
Niland said even though the gemeral fund balance is below the Local Government Commission recommendation, the town has its head above water.
"Within 2-3 years, the police car, fire department brush truck and a land purchase will be paid for," Niland said. "This is a bare bones budget, but we are taking care of business and anticipating future needs."
One of the most pressing needs is a pickup truck for the maintenance department. Niland said they may be able to get a new truck mid-year, "if the old truck holds up that long."
Three years ago, the assessment to repair and renovate the county water plant would have been a $9 increase in Candor residential water bills. Niland negotiated $3 a year and that increase will start in July. Another $3 is anticipated the following year, but Niland said the last $3 increase may not be necessary as the town restructures its water rates.
The garbage collection contract does not ask for an increase, but Niland said it contains a few items that need to be negotiated before he brings it to the board.
The public hearing on the budget will be at the regular meeting on June 2 at 7 p.m.
In other business
-- Tammy Kellis reported that the Events Committee was very pleased with the Easter egg hunt in the park and more than 200 children reported having a wonderful time, she said.
-- A Spring Out cruise-in will be held in Candor on May 17 with food vendors and live music.
-- Niland will have a draft ordinance on demolition of substandard and collapsing structures at the August meeting.
-- After the meeting, several commissioners said they had expected the Brutonville Concerned Citizens group to be at the meeting with a petition for annexation as they had previously announced, but no one came.
(c)2014 The Courier-Tribune, Asheboro, N.C.
Visit The Courier-Tribune, Asheboro, N.C. at www.courier-tribune.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services