Maxton provides pay hike

Budget keeps tax rate, fees the same

By Bob Shiles -

Emmett “Chip” Morton

MAXTON — The property tax rate and fees don’t increase, but town employees’ pay does in the fiscal year 2017-18 budget approved Tuesday by the Maxton Board of Commissioners.

“It’s a tight budget, but a good one,” Mayor Emmett Morton said. “There is no property tax, water or sewer increases.”

The budget holds the tax rate steady at 80 cents per $100 of property value, does not call for any jobs to be created or lost, and includes a cost-of-living increase for town employees of 3 percent. The General Fund totals just more than $2 million, with the combined water and sewer budgets totaling just under $715,000. There also is state money for improving town streets.

The only major capital project being funded in the budget is the replacement of antiquated water lines, Morton said. The project is being funded with a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant.

One town resident, Willis Sullivan, spoke during the public hearing on the proposal.

“I looked at the budget today, and I was disappointed that there wasn’t anything listed for maintenance or repair to this building (town hall),” Sullivan said. “The dome looks pretty bad. We’re in need of some paint.”

During Tuesday’s meeting, Town Manager Kate Bordeaux updated the commissioners on the town’s efforts to get property owners to spruce up their property. Letters were sent recently to all town property owners explaining to them town regulations pertaining to property upkeep.

“The letter told property owners that they have until May 31 to clean up their properties,” Bordeaux said. “It also told them that as of June 5 we are going to start enforcing our regulations.”

In other business, the commissioners:

— Agreed to accept a loan and a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help buy a $200,000 street sweeper.

— Approved making Hooper Street to Baldwin Street, and Baldwin Street to First Street one-way streets during school hours. The affected streets are located by R.B. Dean Elementary School. The one-way designation will become effective with the beginning of the new school year in August.

— Passed a resolution adopting Robeson County’s multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan. The plan is updated every five years.

—Adopted a budget resolution appropriating $25,000 to fund storm drainage work at Davita Dialysis Center.

‘They are going to change a catch basin to a live storm drain,” the mayor said.

— Were told a library fundraising event raised $6,800 to support library operations and programs.

“Thanks for your support. We’ll be asking for your support again come September,” said Ray Oxendine, a former town commissioner and current library board member.

Emmett “Chip” Morton “Chip” Morton
Budget keeps tax rate, fees the same

By Bob Shiles

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

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