|By Mary Anderson, The Courier-Tribune, Asheboro, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The current tax rate of
The budget, which has a modest increase of
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
"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
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
In other business
-- 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.
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