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Council set to vote on budget

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to discuss its annual budget and a natural gas agreement related to Pfizer among other topics Monday afternoon.

The council is set to consider approval of its fiscal year 2019-20 budget. The spending plan maintains the property tax rate at 68.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Also up for approval is the following fiscal year 2018-19 budget amendments: An increased appropriation in the Electric Fund for additional electric working capital of $500,000 and an increase of appropriations in the Gas Fund in order to fund the following:

Wholesale gas purchases for the remainder of the current fiscal year at $15,000.

Working capital reserve at $250,000.

Rate stabilization reserves at $250,000.

The council will consider an amendment to the gas service agreement with Piedmont Natural Gas to increase maximum delivery point entitlement at City Gate Station #2 in Battleboro from 284 dekatherms per hour and 6,816 dekatherms per day to 350 dekatherms per hour and 8,400 dekatherms per day to supply natural gas to Pfizer.

Also on the agenda is a municipal agreement with the state Department of Transportation for adjustment and relocation of city-owned water infrastructure necessary as part of the Interstate 95 interchange improvements at N.C. 4 and Halifax Road. The city is responsible for reimbursing the state 100 percent of construction costs estimated at $57,030.

Staff recommends the council approve an agreement with God of Deliverance Ministries to compensate the church for removal of a brick building for the city’s stream stabilization project and calls for the city to make a payment to the church in the amount of $25,000 to be used for construction of a replacement building on the church’s adjacent property or for any other purpose at the church’s discretion.

The council is set to end the meeting with a closed session on a personnel matter at the request of the city manager.

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.

Prior to the regular meeting, the council will meet at 2 p.m. in the council committee room for a special called Committee of the Whole to enter into a closed session for attorney-client privilege and any other business before the council.

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