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Public hearing on proposed Hope Mills budget set for Monday


HOPE MILLS — The Hope Mills Board of Commissioners on Monday will hold a public hearing on the proposed fiscal 2022-23 budget.

The board meets at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Town Manager Scott Meszaros has proposed a $15.5 million budget that keeps the property tax rate at 46 cents per $100 valuation.

The proposed budget also includes a tax of 5 cents per $100 of property valuation to raise the revenue listed in Parks & Recreation fees.

The board could decide to adopt the budget after the public hearing. The new budget has to be adopted by June 30. 

A public hearing also is scheduled on the annexation of 6 acres in the Horner subdivision on Corporation Drive owned by Beers N Trees LLC. This would be a contiguous annexation.

Those who want to speak at the hearings should sign up with the town clerk prior to the meeting and limit their time to 3 minutes.

Under the consent agenda, the board will consider accepting a budget amendment to receive just over $5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding. The town has identified several projects for the funding, including nearly $2.4 million for street improvements, $1.4 million for ballfields at the Golfview property, $586,000 for police radios and $500,000 for a police real-time crime center and a license plate reader system, according to a memo to Meszaros from Finance Director Drew Holland

The board also will consider accepting a budget amendment in the amount of $97,500 for general fund expenses that include additional election costs and additional parking at the Lake Park. Of that, $9,000 is for election expenses and $88,500 is for the Fountain Lane parking lot, according to a memo from Holland.

The board also will consider a budget amendment in the amount of $16,000 for fuel expenditures as part of the consent agenda.

In general, items listed on the consent agenda are passed on a single motion without discussion.

Under new business, the town will consider the approval of the Cumberland County Joint Planning Board draft by-laws.

Jason Canady covers Hope Mills for CityViewTODAY. He can be reached at jcanady@cityviewnc.com. Have a news tip? Email news@CityViewTODAY.com.

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