Angier to go revenue neutral

Budget draft calls for lower property taxes

By EMILY WEAVER
Managing editor
Posted 5/27/22

Angier residents will not face an increase in property taxes due to the town thanks to a recent vote of the Angier Board of Commissioners.

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Angier to go revenue neutral

Budget draft calls for lower property taxes

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Angier residents will not face an increase in property taxes due to the town thanks to a recent vote of the Angier Board of Commissioners.

Board members returned from a closed session May 17 to vote on a plan to seek a “revenue neutral” budget. The term is applied to a spending plan that ensures no new taxes will be collected after a property revaluation.

All four commissioners voted to decrease the town’s property tax rate from 53 to 49 cents for every $100 of property value. The decrease in rates would mean in-town residents would pay about the same in property taxes to Angier as last year even with higher property values after Harnett County’s recent revaluation.

“Right now people do not need their taxes raised with gas and food and everything else going crazy,” Sen. Jim Burgin said on Monday, applauding the revenue neutral rate. “We don’t need to be raising taxes on people. We need to be doing without.”

Town Manager Gerry Vincent presented a proposed budget to the board at the May 17 meeting. Commissioners and town employees will continue to review the spending plan and may tweak the draft in the coming weeks. A public hearing on the proposed budget is set for 6:30 p.m. June 21.

The May 17 draft included $10.4 million in American Rescue Plan funding for needed water and sewer upgrades, including a new elevated water tank and an increase in wastewater treatment capacity for the growing town.

The proposed budget passes on a 4.5% increase in trash collection fees to customers due to rising fuel prices. The plan also proposes a 4% cost of living increase for all full-time town employees and secures funds to fill six new positions in the town’s labor force: two for police, two for public works or utilities and one each for the town’s planning and finance departments.

It also includes a 2.5% increase in sewer fees for customers based on a five-year rate and fee schedule. The increase is applied to the flat sewer rate “to maintain the operations of the system and to cover debt service,” according to Vincent’s budget message.

The town must approve the budget before the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.

Emily Weaver can be reached at eweaver@mydailyrecord.com or at 910-230-2028. 

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