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Linda McElroy

Salisbury City Manager W. Lane Bailey presents proposed FY18 budget

City Manager W. Lane Bailey has presented his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) to Salisbury City Council.

The $83,514,922 balanced budget reflects a 2.6% increase in spending from the FY17 adopted budget. To fund this budget, City Council was asked to adopt a property tax rate of $0.03.76 cents. The proposed tax rate equals approximately $51 per year, or less than $1 per week, for the average homeowner in Salisbury. Two and one quarter cents ($624,250) of the increase will be used to raise Salisbury Police Department officers’ salaries, and the remaining 1.51 cents ($420,035) will fund the related public safety equipment. 

 The proposed budget includes several large projects requiring an appropriation from the General Fund including: 

  • $675,000 for design services and land acquisition for Fire Stations 3 and 6 (reimbursable with future debt issuance).
  • $850,000 Newsome Road Extension (reimbursable from Transportation Improvement Funds by 2019/2020)
  • $329,300 Pre-Emption System for the Fire Department
  • $392,994 Increase in Fibrant Transfer
  • Two new positions in Code Enforcement and Fleet to address work load issues in those areas 

There are also several large purchases budgeted from the Capital Replacement Fund: 

  • $1,302,885 Pumper Fire Truck
  • $865,920 Platform Fire Truck
  • $481,112 for 2 Swaploaders for Public Services
  • $247,406 Automated Garbage Truck

Bailey also recommended a 2.6% water and sewer increase based on the Consumer Price Index for urban consumers for the South Region (CPI-U). An average monthly residential water and sewer utility bill, for a customer using 5,000 gallons, would be $68.31 (an increase of $1.71 or $0.06/day). 

 “We hope the proposed budget will allow us to increase our ability to provide quality customer service to the residents of Salisbury,” said City Manager Lane Bailey.  “The proposed FY18 budget will strengthen recruitment efforts for the Salisbury Police Department with additional funding used to tackle the issue of crime within the community. The City of Salisbury is in forward momentum with our employees and elected officials dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our wonderful municipality.”

The budget will also include a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 1.5% for all employees, and a 1% average merit increase for employees whose evaluations reflect their commitment to exceptional service. Traditionally, an average percentage is recommended to fund merit increases for employees. This change is an effort to compensate employees at rates that reflect inflation, while also establishing a true merit system to recognize outstanding service and retain high-quality employees.

City Council will hold special a budget work session on Wednesday, May 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers building (217 S. Main St.). At the session, City Council will have the opportunity to discuss details of the proposed budget with the city manager and agencies funded by the City. This meeting is open to the public. 

In addition, City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and consider its adoption at the Tuesday, June 6, meeting during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 5 p.m. Council must adopt a final budget by June 30.  

The proposed budget can be found on the city website at http://www.salisburync.gov/Departments/FinancialServices/finance/Budget/2017-18%20Recommended%20Budget.pdf

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The City encourages the community to stay informed, practice good hygiene, be aware, and be prepared.

As a community we are in this together; stay calm and help each other by staying home if you are sick, check in on your neighbors, and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 by using best practices.


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CDBG & COVID-19

On September 11, 2020 the City was notified of a second allocation of CDBG-CV funds in the amount of $200,221. To deploy these funds, Council will have to adopt an amendment to the FY20-21 Annual Action Plan to describe, broadly speaking, how the funds will be utilized. City Council held a public hearing on December 1 and opened a public comment period that ended on December 25, 2020. A draft was presented at the January 5, 2021 City Council meeting, and a public comment period closed on January 12, 2021.

A new draft for the use of the CDBG funds is now available for public review, the file is available below.

CAPER Public Review Draft

Current COVID-19 Restrictions

Executive Order 185:

  • Lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order established under Executive Order 181
  • Still requires face coverings in all public indoor settings
  • Allows many businesses to operate at 50% capacity
  • Extends onsite service of alcohol until 11 p.m.
  • Lifts the 100-person cap on some businesses that were operating at 30% capacity
  • Allows some indoor businesses – including bars and taverns, indoor amusement parks, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas – to open at 30% capacity (with a cap of 250 people)
  • Allows larger indoor arenas with a capacity of more than 5,000 people to open at 15% capacity with no cap (as long as additional safety protocols in place)
  • Increases the indoor mass gathering limit to 25 people (the outdoor mass gathering limit remains at 50 people)

Each of these routes arrives and departs from the central Transfer Site on Depot St. Any bus you board can take you to the Transfer Site. Any member of the public may ride on the bus. The buses do not operate on holidays.

Please note that the last time listed for a stop indicates the last bus will be traveling to that location and no further transfers are available.


Travel Mask Mandate

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html

The Transit Security Administration issued a security directive effective on February 1, 2021 requiring the wearing of masks by travelers to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Conveyance operators must also require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel.

This Order must be followed by all passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States as well as conveyance operators (e.g., crew, drivers, conductors, and other workers involved in the operation of conveyances) and operators of transportation hubs ( e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, seaports, ports of entry) or any other area that provides transportation in the United States.

People must wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking public conveyances. People must also wear masks when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub in the United States. A copy of the Transportation Security Administration’s security directive can be found at www.tsa.gov


If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash

Covid-19: What are the 3 w's for COVID-19? 1 Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth. 2 Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact. 3 Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

Stay safe. When outside, stay at least 6 ft. apart.

Covid-19: social distancing in public parks and trails

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