BOONVILLE — The town of Boonville passed its proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 following a presentation at a public hearing on June 15, which includes a water rate increase.
The proposed 2016-2017 fiscal year budget was presented without a tax increase, leaving the rate at $0.46 per $100 valuation of property.
“To help fund water and sewer infrastructure improvements for its aging systems, the town of Boonville has passed a rate increase effective July 1,” Town Administrator Sarah Harris explained. “The base rate will increase by approximately $1.15 per month for water and approximately $1.15 for sewer for residents in town. For out of town residents, the base rate will increase by approximately $1.99 per month for water and approximately $1.99 for sewer. According to the NC Division of Water Infrastructure, Boonville has some of the lowest water rates in the state as compared to other municipalities. It remains a priority of Boonville’s Board of Commissioners to maintain affordable water and sewer rates.
“The town of Boonville is committed to striving for the highest level of public service while preserving, protecting, and enhancing the quality of life in the community. In order to accomplish these goals, we must maintain strong financial health. The priorities that are reflected in the budget include economic development, façade improvement grant, water and sewer infrastructure improvement, and a partnership with a local property owner to build a park in Downtown Boonville. As a result of these priorities, the proposed budget does include a minimal increase in water and sewer rates,” said Harris.