Cen­tre­ville pro­poses 3 cent tax rate hike

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil in­tro­duced its fis­cal 2017 bud­get of about $11.5 mil­lion dur­ing its Thurs­day, June 2, town meet­ing that in­cludes a 3 cent in­crease per $100 of as­sessed value from the pre­vi­ous year. The gen­eral fund, en­ter­prise fund and cap­i­tal bud­gets are $3,552,590, $2,312,833 and $5,577,300, re­spec­tively.

Or­di­nance 05-2016, which in­tro­duced the bud­get, states the tax rate will be $0.41 per $100 of as­sessed value and the pub­lic util­ity tax rate for the up­com­ing fis­cal year will be $2.11.

The or­di­nance was voted on by a 3-0 vote. A pub­lic hear­ing is set for 7:05 p.m. Thurs­day, June 15, dur­ing the town’s next meet­ing at the Lib­erty Building, 107 N. Lib­erty St., 2nd floor meet­ing room. Pub­lic com­ments will be taken re­gard­ing the con­stant yield tax rate and the FY2017 bud­get.

Cen­tre­ville Town Man­ager Steve Walls said the in­crease in the tax rate is to help fund cap­i­tal street re­pair projects.

“The coun­cil’s propos­ing to do some ma­jor util­ity and road pave­ment work on about four streets and that’s go­ing to add a sub­stan­tial amount of an­nual debt ser­vice cost to make those im­prove­ments,” Walls said.

The streets rec­om­mended for im­prove­ments are Kid­well Av­enue, Happy Lady Lane, Brown Street and Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue.

The gen­eral fund bud­get of about $3.5 mil­lion is an in­crease of $61,712 from the cur­rent fis­cal year. The town col­lected $2,121,091 in prop­erty taxes, $592,538 from in­come taxes, $123,632 from the high­way user tax and $298,620 as well as $92,000 from state aid for po­lice pro­tec­tion and $7,700 from aid to towns.

Ex­penses for FY17 in­clude: $32,150, legislative; $45,700, plan­ning and zon­ing; $938,148, gen­eral gov­ern­ment; $1,242,102, pub­lic safety; $45,000, emer­gency ser­vices; $939,825, roads; $282,535, solid waste; $41,600, parks and recre­ation; $15,600, Main Street; $21,000, ceme­tery; and $6,850, wa­ter­shed.

The en­ter­prise fund bud­get, which is gen­er­ated by user fees for wa­ter and sewer, lists $1,693,908 in ex­penses and $618,925 in debt ser­vices.

The to­tal cap­i­tal projects bud­get is $5,577,300. Future ex­pen­di­tures in the bud­get in­clude $40,300 for town ad­min­is­tra­tion, $54,000 for pub­lic safety, $5,189,606 for pub­lic works, $258,394 and $35,000 for the ceme­tery.

Ma­jor ex­pen­di­tures for pub­lic works in­clude $2,241,606 for street repaving projects, $1,250,000 each for waste­water and wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture and $270,000 for waste­water col­lec­tion sys­tem im­prove­ments. The parks de­part­ment has $258,394 set aside for im­prove­ments to the Cen­tre­ville Wharf Park. A lit­tle more than $40,000 has been line itemed for new fi­nan­cial soft­ware un­der the town ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Cap­i­tal rev­enues in­cluded debt pro­ceeds of $2.5 mil­lion from both the gen­eral fund and the en­ter­prise fund.

To view the pro­posed fis­cal 2017 bud­gets, stop by Town Hall, 101 Lawyer’s Row, Cen­tre­ville.

Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @mike_k­ibay­times.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

From left, Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil­men Jim Beauchamp, Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler and Tim McCluskey in­tro­duce the fis­cal 2017 bud­get dur­ing the June 2 meet­ing.

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