The Yadkinville Town Commissioners approved the town’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget on Tuesday morning.
The new budget includes a 1-cent property tax increase, but no increase to water and sewer rates. The solid waste fee will increase by $2, making the fee $10 a month, and a new $5 motor vehicle license tax is also in the budget.
Property tax base is estimated to be $226,208,719. The penny increase on the tax rate is projected to generate an additional $22,600 in revenue.
The increase takes property tax rates to $42 cents per $100 valuation for those living in the town limits.
Also approved on Tuesday was a resolution directing the town clerk to investigate an area around Baity Tire on Service Road to be considered for annexation. The area falls in the extraterritorial jurisdiction, which is subject to zoning regulations of the town but not within the town limits.
Several budget items on the consent agenda also were approved.
The town board also approved Town Manager Perry Williams to sign a new contract with Republic Services for the town’s waste removal. The board did request that representatives from Republic Services attend a future meeting to further discuss the town’s waste removal schedule and other concerns. Commissioner Eddie Norman noted that he was not pleased with the haphazard way trash cans were replaced after being emptied by the company in some areas of town.
During the commissioner comment portion of the meeting, Commissioner Monta Davis-Oliver praised the work of Williams, who has been serving for several months now as interim manager, and Shelia Weathers, who has been serving as interim town clerk.
“I would just like to thank the employees of town hall for all they’ve done the last few months due to the changes that have taken place and how you’ve stepped up and taken care of things with the budget. I just wanted to say thank you for all that you all have done,” she said.
In a surprise move, Commissioner Eddie Norman made a motion to appoint Williams and Weathers to permanent roles as town manager and town clerk, respectively.
After a brief discussion, the board agreed to table the matter to give both Williams and Weathers time to consider the offer.
The next meeting of the Yadkinville Town Board will take place on July 6. The meeting will begin with a public hearing at 6:55 p.m. regarding a request to amend text to the town’s Code of Ordinance regarding Internet Sweepstakes Cafe.
Town Hall will be closed on Friday in observance of the July 4 holiday.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.