Budget approved: Stallings will maintain its tax rate of 21.55 cents per $100 valuation for the coming fiscal year; however, the town will spend more this year, using about $700,000 from its savings to help pay off the Stallings Town Hall, which opened in 2005.
Other items in the budget include:
$460,000 to repair and maintain town streets.
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$218,000 to build the first phase of sidewalks along Lawyers Road from the Stevens Mill Crossing shopping center to the entrance of Country Woods East.
More than $200,000 in annual savings from replacing Action Garbage with God Bless the USA Inc. as the town's waste removal provider. The new service begins this month, and more information is available at www.stallingstrash.com.
New officer: The Union West Rotary Club has installed its new officers for the upcoming year.
Chad Hannon is the new president.
Union West Rotary meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Indian Trail Civic Building. The 42-member service club has sponsored literacy programs at Union West Library, supplied dictionaries to the local schools and, more recently, donated $50,000 to the town of Indian Trail to sponsor the pavilion in its new park.
Details: Union West Rotary, www.rotaryclubof unionwest.org.
Support groups: The Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane in Matthews, offers free support groups for local seniors at various times each month.
A Diabetes Support Group meets the first Monday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Stroke Survivors Support Group meets the first Thursday from 10-11 a.m.; and Bereavement Support groups meet the second and fourth Mondays, 5-6:30 p.m., and the second and fourth Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. You need not be a member of the center to attend.
Organizers say they may form other support groups as the need arises. Details: visit www.levineseniorcenter.org and click the Health and Wellness tab, or call 704-846-4654.