Street paving: Work is scheduled on John Street through June 15 and motorists should remain alert for paving work near the Campus Ridge relocation project. Paving will take place each night 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., weather permitting, reducing John Street to one lane in the work zone.
Town budget: Town Manager Hazen Blodgett presented the proposed Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget to the Town Board, recommending a budget that includes no proposed change to property tax rates, a proposed $5 increase in vehicle tag fees, as well as a proposed increase in storm water fees.
The proposed F.Y. 16-17 budget is $20,693,049, a $50,000 increase from the F.Y. 15-16 budget of $20,646,716, including the following:
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▪ The Mecklenburg County Tax Department expects property and vehicle tax revenues to go down by $75,000 over current year projections. These taxes represent more than 50 percent of the town’s revenues. The proposed $5 increase in the vehicle tag fee would raise the fee to $30, increasing revenue by $114,000 annually which would be designated for the Town’s street department budget.
▪ The proposed increase in storm water fees and amendment to the billing format would amount to $200,000 in additional annual revenue, designated to the Town’s storm water division.
The budget includes spending $222,000 to replace eight police vehicles as part of the police department’s fleet management program; dedicating $450,000 for capital needs throughout town; and not using any funds from the town’s general fund balance to balance the budget. The budget also proposes a 3 percent performance-based salary pool for town employees.
A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 13. The Board of Commissioners could adopt the budget that night or on June 27. Budget documents can be accessed on the town’s website www.matthewsnc.gov. A hard copy of the budget is also available for review at Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
Mint Hill Madness: The festival to celebrate the founding of town will be held May 27-29 at Veterans Memorial Park. It features something for everyone in the family, including food, music, a family carnival, arts/craft fair, an all American parade and fireworks. http://minthillmadnessfestival.org/.