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Rutherford College council approves budget

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RUTHERFORD COLLEGE — After a public hearing Monday night, the Rutherford College Town Council approved the town’s 2021-22 fiscal budget with no change to the tax rate or water and sewer.

The budget keeps the property tax rate at 12 cents per $100 of property value with a total budget of $1,667,600.

In his budget message, Town Manager Ken Geathers, said, in part, he thinks the town should continue its operational approach in relation to capital projects and priority items moving forward.

“The administration will continue its emphasis on efficient and effective service delivery in relation to planning and zoning functions, Greenway Park development and code enforcement services,” Geathers said.

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The budget includes a $100,000 appropriation to develop the town’s Greenway Park, as well as $58,000 for public works projects, including $5,000 for salary and overtime pay for seasonal utility technicians, $40,000 for water line replacement at College Circle and $13,200 for an Estes Drive sewer extension.

It also includes $25,000 for developing and creating a storm water runoff improvement plan and $6,000 for a Christmas parade fireworks show.

The town’s general fund budget of $713,400 includes $25,000 for nuisance abatement at 100 Estes Drive and an appropriation of $25,000 to subsidize the development of a stormwater infrastructure plan, as well as the appropriation of $10,000 to cover the cost of new Town Hall server, Geathers said. Other capital projects are the nuisance abatement at 511 Malcolm Blvd. and a site development plan for the elementary school property, information from Geathers says.

Other capital projects are the nuisance abatement at 511 Malcolm Blvd. and a site development plan for the elementary school property, information from Geathers says.

The town’s Powell Bill fund of $69,000 will be used for street paving, maintenance and preventative services, infrastructure improvement plan with an emphasis on storm-water and continue an agreement with Western Piedmont Council of Governments for stormwater system management and meeting state environmental mandates, Geathers said.

The budget also includes $5,000 for Greenway Transit Service, which has stops in the town.

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