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Council to continue budget work

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to discuss the city’s upcoming budget among other topics Monday afternoon.

The council is set to continue a public hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19.

The council trimmed $2.5 million out of the $210 million budget.

Cuts included a third assistant manager position and new information technology positions, but the city hasn't scrapped the new Technology Service Department as previously reported. In the budget, the city does have a new Technology Department, but the council didn't fund the requested seven new full-time staffers. The new Technology Services Department will no longer function under the Finance Department, but will be a stand-alone department with a director or a chief information officer.

The budget includes a 2.5-cent property tax hike to pay down debt on the Rocky Mount Event Center. The rate will increase from 66 cents to 68.5 cents per $100 of valuation.

The council will vote whether to extend a 10-inch natural gas main to the Pfizer's facility located on North Wesleyan Boulevard. Estimated costs and reimbursement to the city are $2.5 million, with Pfizer’s pro rata share at $1.8 million, plus 3.5 percent interest to be paid over a five-year period.

The council also will consider a personnel pay and classification plan amendment to adjust salary ranges for new and existing positions to include a human resources assistant director, customer service representative in the business office, chief internal auditor and chief technology officer.

The council will vote whether to amend the 2018-19 budget by $1.8 million to cover projected costs for purchase of natural gas for resale through the city’s utility service and provide funding for the Gas Rate Stabilization Fund.

The council is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building in downtown Rocky Mount.

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