Kure Beach to hold public hearing on town budget June 4

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Kure Beach Town Council will hold a public hearing on its 2015-2016 proposed $6.5 million budget.

The budget, which takes effect July 1, does not include an increase in the town’s 26-cent property tax rate, according to Arlen Copenhaver, the town’s finance and budget director.

All full-time employees are eligible for a 1.7 percent cost of living adjustment. Merit increases of 3.3 percent are proposed for employees “who are performing above expectation and salary adjustments resulting from the Fiscal Year 2015 salary study.”

The budget does include the following changes to the town’s water and sewer rates:

  • Minimum gallons are reduced from 3,000 to 2,500 for all service types (monthly minimum rates remain the same).
  • Residential water rates increase from 36 cents to 45 cents per 100 gallons
  • Residential sewer rates increase from 46 cents to 58 cents
  • Commercial water rates increase from 55 cents to 69 cents
  • Commercial sewer rates increase from 57 cents to 69 cents
  • Out-of-town water rates increase from 63 cents to 78 cents
  • Out-of-town sewer rates increase from 81 cents to $1.01

A copy of the proposed budget, including the budget message, budget ordinance and proposed revised fee schedule has been submitted to the governing body and is on file in the office of the Deputy Town Clerk for viewing and is available on the Town’s website under “Town News.”

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 4 at Kure Beach Town Hall, 117 Settlers Lane, Kure Beach.