Laurinburg residents have chance to voice opinion on budget

By: By Katelin Gandee - Staff reporter

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council will hold a public hearing tonight on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.

Council meets at 7 p.m. at the municipal building at 303 West Church St.

The $36.1 million budget plan will keep the property tax rate at 40 cents per $100 of valuation. It also keeps the city’s utility rates the same.

Some major ticket items in the budget document include:

— A new electric substation for $2.2 million;

— About $350,000 waterline replacement on Frederick Avenue;

— A street resurfacing project for $200,000;

— About $152,000 for a new police cruiser and police surveillance camera;

— About $114,000 to replaced equipment for the fire department;

— About $438,184.92 to change the salaries to a different pay scale from the classification and compensation study. The public can view a copy of the proposed budget. There is no cost-of-living increase proposed for next year because of the salary change.

There will also be a discussion on adjusting some items on the City’s Fee Schedule. Such as dumpster rentals going up $1 dollar per month for all types.

Illegal burning will be charging $300 for a first offense; $400 for a second offense; and $600 for each subsequent offense.

The public can view a copy of the proposed budget at the clerks office in the Laurinburg Administrative office at 203 Atkinson St.

In other business, Jo Ann Gentry with the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Commission will present the airport’s proposed 2018-2019 budget.

The council will also consider a request to lower the monthly rental of the lease for Gryphon Group Security Solutions, at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport. The company ask that the rent be dropped from $22,006.45 to $18,338.71.

David Lambert, with McAdams and Company, will present a master plan for a parking lot behind the walk through downtown.

Lambert spoke to council originally in January about turning the parking lot into a civic space that could hold farmers markets and performances while serving as a space for parking.

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By Katelin Gandee

Staff reporter

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171