Rowland commissioners OK price range that retains property tax charge unchanged however raises water and sewer charges

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				                                The Rowland Board of Commissioners approved a $1.7 million spending plan, presented by Town Clerk David Townsend, during the workshop meeting held Wednesday.
                                 Tomeka Sinclair | The Robesonian

The Rowland Board of Commissioners authorized a $1.7 million spending plan, introduced by City Clerk David Townsend, throughout the workshop assembly held Wednesday.

Tomeka Sinclair | The Robesonian

ROWLAND — A $1.7 million price range for fiscal 12 months 2021-22 that retains property taxes unchanged however does improve water and sewer charges was authorized Wednesday by the city Board of Commissioners.

The price range authorized throughout a particular workshop assembly was the fourth draft and was not met by arguments of objections from residents on the assembly.

Commissioner Paul Hunt did request {that a} concern about salaries within the price range be mentioned throughout closed session. Nevertheless, no modifications had been made to the proposed price range after commissioners returned to open session.

The spending plan, which totals $1,773,700, is a $300,000 improve from the earlier 12 months’s price range, which was frugal due to the potential of a decline in income on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cash anticipated from the American Rescue Plan additionally contributed to the elevated price range, City Clerk David Townsend stated. The city is anticipating $120,000 from the federal stimulus bundle.

The price range features a $1,141,050 Basic Fund, with greater than half — $592,800 — going to the city’s Police Division. The fund additionally contains $140,024 for administrative prices, $123,000 for sanitation and a Powell Invoice fund of $100,300.

The Water/Sewer Fund totals $632,650.

As achieved previously two years, the city will improve water and sewer charges by $1 for residents. This implies a resident who receives water, sewer or strong waste providers will see a $2-a-month improve in charges.

“We’re going up in our water charges from $21 per 30 days to $22 per 30 days,” Townsend stated. “The sewer charges will go from $24 to $25.”

“This doesn’t embody the bought waste,” he added

The city can be growing the water overage charge from .231 cents to .365 cents for residents who exceed 2,000 gallons.

“That charge has been the identical for over 10 years,” Townsend stated.

The charge will increase and charge change are a part of the city’s five-year plan to slowly improve the charges to the state’s common. By elevating the charges to the state common, it locations Rowland in line to obtain grants to fund repairs to or to exchange ageing city amenities.

The authorized price range doesn’t embody a property tax improve, maintaining the tax charge at 79 cents for each $100 in property worth.

“This 12 months’s price range, I believe will probably be a complete lot smoother and cleaner,” Townsend stated.

Additionally Wednesday, Police Chief Charles Graham informed commissioners he has despatched letters to legislation enforcement businesses all through the state, asking if that they had autos they wished to donate or promote at discounted costs to the division.

“We’ve obtained a few responses, and we’re going to see what that generates,” he stated.

Tomeka Sinclair may be reached at [email protected] or 910-416-5865.

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