Town Manager Randy Harrington Proposes $73.6 Million Operating Budget; No Change to Property Tax Rate; Reduction to Refuse and Recycling Fees
The Holly Springs community will see body-worn camera implementation, staffing to add a second ladder fire truck, and improvements to parks and greenways, along with investments in pedestrian safety and funding to ease traffic congestion as part of Holly Springs Town Manager Randy Harrington’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 recommended budget – all with no changes to the property tax rate. The $73,600,974 total operating budget reflects a 5.8% increase from the current adopted budget.
“Budget growth reflects strong population growth and economic vitality. Our community’s quality of life and thriving business climate continue to make Holly Springs an attractive place to live and grow a business,” Harrington said.
Harrington noted five key factors that shaped development of the recommended budget:
- Strategic Plan – Updates to the Council’s Strategic Plan include new economic development initiatives related to the Downtown Village District, expanding community engagement, increasing focus on sustainability and resiliency, and enhancing public safety to maintain our status as one of the safest communities in North Carolina.
- Population Growth – The Town’s population growth has averaged 6% annually over the past 5 years. This growth requires investments in personnel, equipment, and infrastructure to provide quality services and prepare for future growth.
- Economic Development – The Mayor & Council’s aggressive and visionary economic development recruitment efforts resulted in the historic location announcement of the state’s largest ever life-sciences company – FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies – to Holly Springs. The Town continues aggressive recruitment of life science companies and other innovative industries to enhance job opportunities in our community and expand the tax base. Residential development also continues at a near record pace with 2020 being the second highest year ever for new residential building permits.
- Implementation of the Community Investment Plan (CIP) – Over the past two years Council has approved a robust capital investment program to address transportation investments, new park and greenway construction, and other Town facility investments. New staff are necessary to move these projects forward under reasonable timeframes.
- Addition of Second Fire Ladder Truck – Last year Council approved the purchase of a new fire ladder truck to enhance fire and rescue capabilities. The new truck requires 12 new staff members to operate on a 24/7 shift basis.
Other budget highlights include:
- A grant program to promote investment in the Village District and an update to the Village District Area Plan
- Improvements to the W.E. Hunt Recreation Center Community Room
- Repaving the Sugg Farm entrance road
- Employee pay raises between 0%-6%, depending on performance
- New sustainability coordinator
- Housing Study to analyze local housing data and identify recommendations to reduce gaps in housing options and affordability
- Body-worn Police cameras and replacement of in-car Police cameras
- Advancement of planning and design for new Fire Station #3 and Public Services Operations Campus
- 38 total new positions
In the proposed budget, rates for refuse and recycling collection are decreased 48 cents per month from $15.59 to $15.11 beginning July 1, 2021. The yard waste collection fee is proposed to increase 50 cents to $4 per month to fund new yard waste collection equipment. Water and sewer charges for the typical homeowner using 5,000 gallons per month increase by $1.82 per month. Stormwater fees are proposed to remain the same.
How to Provide Feedback on the Budget:
Interested in providing input about the proposed budget? The budget public hearing is planned for May 18, 7 p.m. at Holly Springs Town Hall. Submit a public comment in person or in writing. Click here to submit a public comment using an online form. Comments also may be emailed to the Town Clerk at email@example.com or dropped in the payment box in the parking lot of Town Hall, with “Public Comment” written on the envelope. Written comments should be delivered by 5 p.m. on the Monday before the meeting. A summary of the comments will be read by the clerk during the meeting. Verbatim comments will be included with the minutes.
The Town Council’s Budget Workshop to further discuss and refine the recommended budget is scheduled for May 25, 6 p.m. at the Holly Springs Law Enforcement Center.
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