Budget clarification – no tax increase being proposed

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Clarification – Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said Thursday the town’s proposed budget at this time does not include a tax increase. During a budget work shop held Tuesday, Williamston Town Council members and department heads previewed the town’s 2016-17 budget.

As reported in this week’s Journal, there was some discussion about a tax increase as well as possible increases in the water/sewer rate and other fees. During the discussion, Councilman Rockey Burgess brought up that the town had not had a tax increase in a number of years but there was no specific discussion about raising taxes.

Mayor Durham told The Journal Thursday that the draft budget does not require a tax increase and he is not proposing one. The proposed budget that will be presented to Town Council for first reading Monday is a balanced budget with revenues of $2,947,373 and expenses of $2,947,373.

Department budget expense totals include: Other Admin $249,200; Admin $557,147; Main Street $70,000; Street Department $406,784; Judge $8293; Police Department $949,796; SRO $166,369: Parks and Recreation $219,958; Fire Department $134,824; Hospitality tax fund $185,000. The budget will on the agenda for the Monday, May 2 meeting of council at 6:30 p.m.