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Tax Increase for Boone? PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 09:55

The Town Council of Boone held the first of its two regularly scheduled monthly meetings Tuesday, the 19th. From actions taken pertaining to the development of next year’s budget it is evident the Council, just as most elected bodies in the country, is feeling a great deal of pressure to make the best use of taxpayers’ money. In an uncustomary move, the Council set aside two full work days plus made contingency plans for a third if necessary to go through next year’s proposed budget with a fine tooth comb. Concerned over the possibility that town manager, Greg Young, will propose the council raise taxes to cover services in next year’s budget; they are determined to make sure nothing is in the budget that isn’t necessary. The Council plans to go through the budget page by page, item by item, making sure all requests are necessary, and eliminating any they believe are not, before considering a raise in the tax rate. When asked about the potential for him proposing a tax increase to the Council Mr. Young stated that “revenues are flat, or down, and expenses are up” implying that costs had to be cut or revenues raised. Council woman, Jamie Leigh, stated she could not consider a tax increase until every effort had been made to make sure the Town was getting the most effective use of the taxes currently accessed. This feeling was echoed by the other council members. After much discussion of mutually agreeable dates for this work it was decided to meet Wednesday, June 8 from 12:30 till 8:00; Thursday, June 9 from 9:30 till 5:00; and the afternoon of Friday, June 19 if necessary. The Council also set the date for a public hearing on their proposed budget on Thursday, June 16.

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