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Posted on: June 12, 2018

Waxhaw BOC Final Budget Review Meeting Recap

On Monday June 11th, the Waxhaw Board of Commissioners held a final work session to conduct a final review of the proposed the 2018/19 Fiscal year Budget prior to adoption.

The proposed budget recommends a 3% decrease in Operating Expense for the over 20 Services offered by the Town of Waxhaw. It also reduced salary increases overall by one half percentage. And it provides for funding mechanisms to solve for traffic and transportation improvements and establish a Capital Improvement Program for Waxhaw’s future needs. These tools would replace the “pay as you go model” used in the past. While this model has paid for over $5M in infrastructure improvements over the past few years, it is no longer a sustainable approach for Waxhaw.

Even with the expense decreases the proposed budget calls for establishing a Motor Vehicle Fee ($25) to specifically fund our transportation improvements. The proposed budget recommended a Solid Waste fee to offset our growing solid waste service. The Board favored a $.025 tax increase in lieu of the solid waste fee.

The majority of the meeting was spent looking for ways to find additional departmental and service cost reductions. While the Board examined all departments and function, no consensus was reached on additional budget reductions without a factual understanding of the impact the associated service cuts would have on our citizens and community.

The Board did reach consensus on:

  • A multiday meeting in July to reestablish our goals and priorities and to fully review the services we provide, to ensure they are aligned with our direction
  • The need for a survey mechanism to get a full understanding of our citizens opinions about our services and service levels

The approval of the Budget will be voted on at tonight’s June 12 BOC Meeting.

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