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Davidson would maintain tax rate under proposed budget

May 12. While the general fund budget would increase by 5.6 percent, the Town of Davidson tax rate will remain the same under the proposed budget for fiscal year 2021-22 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022).

“We are extremely proud of our staff and department heads for all of the hard work that has been done to date to get us where we are in the budget process. Providing a high level of quality services for our citizens is our first priority and this budget achieves this and keeps our tax rate stable,” Mayor Rusty Knox said.

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Town Manager Jamie Justice, Assistant Town Manager Karen Whichard and Finance Director Piet Swart initiated the budget approval process by presenting the proposal at the May 11 Board of Commissioners meeting,.  All budget documents are available on the town’s website.

 The recommended budget includes:

• General fund budget of $13.51 million, a 5.6% increase from last year

• Maintain  tax rate of $.29 per $100 valuation

• No stormwater or solid waste fee increases

• Steps to recover from COVID-19

• Prioritization of 2020-21 Strategic Plan goal areas

• Maintaining community services

• Careful utilization of American Rescue Plan Dollars forthcoming

The board of commissioners will discuss the budget at the May 25 meeting and will consider for approval at the June 8 meeting.

 Community members are invited to participate in the virtual public hearing scheduled for May 25, 2021 at 6 pm.  Comments emailed  to [email protected] by 5pm May 25 will be read; no more than 400 words.

Also the public will be able to call 704-940-9614 and leave a voicemail message in order to provide public comment. These messages will be played during the public hearing period, but will be limited to three minutes. The deadline to submit by phone is 5 pm May 25.

Residents may also send an email to [email protected] to ask questions and/or share feedback.

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