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Norwood’s property tax to remain at 39 cents rate

The 2019-2020 budget proposal for the town of Norwood recommends the property tax rate remain at 39 cents per $100 valuation.

The proposed budget will be a conservative one, according to interim town administrator Ray Allen, who presented the proposal to the mayor and board of commissioners during a special-called council meeting Wednesday evening.

Allen wrote in a budget letter to the mayor and board of commissioners that due to the significant investments previously made by the town and the decline in fund balances, “the proposed FY 19-20 budget takes a conservative approach with no major initiatives and fewer capital expenditures than in previous years.”

The town’s General Fund totals $2.39 million, which is $390,000 less than the current fiscal year. This includes $680,000 for the administration department, $715,000 for the police department, $215,000 for the street department and $441,000 for the sanitation department.

Powell Funds total $163,000, which includes $125,000 for street paving and resurfacing.

The Enterprise Fund totals $1.72 million, which includes $1 million for field operations, $462,000 for water plant operations and $239,000 for wastewater plant operations.

The projected General Fund revenue, which also totals $2.39 million, includes $1 million in real property taxes, $545,000 in local option sales tax and $165,000 in utility franchise tax.

Residential solid waste fees are projected to be $4 a month while small commercial solid waste fees are $6.25 a month.

There will be a budget workshop on Tuesday and a public hearing about the budget June 17.

In other business:

• The board decided against continuing to pick up driftwood and debris pulled from the lake. The commissioners want to have a meeting with Waste Management about working with the town to pick up debris. The town is working to create a new policy which will be introduced during the June 17 council meeting.

• The board passed a motion to purchase a dog waste container for Darrell Almond Park. Allen also explained that the town will issue a purchase order this week for the new fountain at the park.

• The board passed a motion to approve Appendix 1 of the town’s agreement with Willis Engineers regarding the Norwood Wastewater Treatment Plant renovation. Appendix 1 estimates the cost for Wills Engineer’s services would be $313,000. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $4.2 million, according to Allen.

• Commissioner Wes Hartsell expressed his desire to continue talking with Duke Energy regarding Lake Tillery. He specifically wants to create a group and meet quarterly with Duke Energy.

The next regular council meeting will be Monday.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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