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Butner council passes 2019-20 budget

Property tax rate remains unchanged

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BUTNER — The Butner Town Council unanimously approved its 2019-20 budget at a June 6 meeting.

The budget, with general fund expenditures estimated at $6.7 million, includes an unchanged ad valorem (property) tax rate of 36.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation and recommends a new $10 fee per registered motor vehicle.

Half of the fee will go into the town’s general fund while the other half will go toward the special revenue fund, estimated at $31,175, to maintain and repair public streets in the town that isn’t a part of the state highway system.

The largest chunk of expenditures will go toward Butner Public Safety ($4 million) and general government operations ($1.4 million). Culture and recreation ($523,463), public works ($434,448), economic development ($214,704), and environmental protection ($26,500) round out the other major expenditures.

“This year we are expecting a pretty healthy ad valorem tax collection,” said town manager Thomas Marrow in a presentation to the council. “We also have other line items that we collect as rent from (the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority) and contracts for police and fire services to Central Regional Hospital that generate large sums of money.”

Marrow noted that the budget is lighter on expenditures than in previous years, with items such as a support truck for Butner Public Safety volunteers ($45,000), a cost share portion of the new sidewalk at West Lyon Station Road ($10,000) and a roof replacement for Gazebo Park’s eponymous structure ($7,575). The budget also contains a 2 percent cost of living increase for town employees.

Council members praised the teamwork and long hours dedicated to the yearly budget process.

“It’s a pretty tedious job, but it always seems to work out well,” said Mayor Pro Tem Bill McKellar.

In other council business, a scheduled public hearing concerning the rezoning of 2.37 acres between Gate 2 and Will Suitt Road was postponed on request of town planning director Michael Ciriello due to several residents raising concerns prior to the meeting.

A June 25 public workshop was scheduled for concerned residents to talk with planning staff about the rezoning process and any changes the rezoning request may bring. The public hearing has been rescheduled for July 11 during the council’s regular meeting.

The next Butner Town Council meeting is scheduled for July 11 at 7 p.m. at Butner Town Hall, 415 Central Ave.