GLEN ALPINE - - Property owners in the town of Glen Alpine will get a break on their taxes in the upcoming property tax bill.
Last week, the board of aldermen voted to reduce the town’s property tax rate 2 cents, making the rate 35 cents per $100 of property value.
Town officials say even with the 2 cents decrease the town will be able to provide the same level of services.
Mayor Pro-Tem Jack Falls spoke about the budget during the board’s June 4 meeting, saying the town has a strong financial budget. He said this year’s budget saw a revenue increase of $100,000. The fund balance for the town is $660,000, he said.
The board decided to add a new police officer and vehicle in the upcoming year, as well as a 5 percent salary increase for existing officers. Those additions increase the police department budget by 30.2 percent, according to information from the town. Officials said being able to add a new police position will help eliminate comp time for the department.
The fire department budget saw an 18.5 percent increase from the current budget due to a request for new radios and possibly a new Quick Response Vehicle, which is a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, for the department, according to the town.
The public works department budget shows a 3.28 percent increase for 2019-20, which includes a 5 percent employee salary increase and a 1.9 percent increase in Republic Services trash collection cost.
Other towns, including Valdese, are being hit with an increased cost from Republic Services partially due to a collapse of the national and international markets for recycled materials, say officials.
The administrative budget experienced a 5.6 percent increase from the 2018-2019 budget.
Items in the administrative budget include a $2,500 request for funding the Merchants Festival to be held in October. That is a 20 percent increase from the amount requested last year. The budget also includes a 5 percent salary increase for the clerk/finance officer and the zoning/code enforcement officer, as well as the board of aldermen.
Sharon McBrayer is a staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 828-432-8946.