Salisbury City Council approved the fiscal year 2020-2021 (FY21) budget as proposed by City Manager W. Lane Bailey.
Today, Tuesday, June 9, Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander rescinded the state of emergency in the downtown district, including the curfew imposed in the original declaration.
The Salisbury community has been through a difficult couple of months, and especially the last week. Communities across our country have been facing multiple challenges lately, just as we have. Not only are we dealing with COVID-19, resulting economic challenges, and unemployment, but also protests following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
On May 30, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 142 (EO 142). EO 142 amends Executive Order No. 124 to extend its effective period by 60 days. In compliance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 142, the City of Salisbury will keep several changes to residential water & sewer accounts in place.
Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander declared a state of emergency in the downtown district today, Tuesday, June 2, ahead of another night of possible protests.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Census response deadline has been extended to late October. Salisbury residents are still asked to respond as soon as possible via the Census website at 2020Census.gov.
Data received from the Census affects communities for 10 years. With $675 billion federal dollars at stake for things like schools, road construction, hospitals, workforce initiatives and substance abuse programs, Rowan County still has a long way to go to ensure it secures its fair share.
The $46,003,307 balanced General Fund budget reflects a 3.17% decrease in spending from the FY20 adopted budget due to expected shortages related to COVID-19. In addition to the General Fund, the Water/Sewer Fund, Transit Fund, Broadband Fund, and Stormwater Fund comprise the overall City budget totaling $82,528,220. This total sum also includes Special Revenue Funds (CDBG & HOME) and Capital Reserve Funds. Bailey proposes maintaining the current tax rate of $0.7196 for the fiscal year as to not burden the Salisbury community in the midst of economic challenges.
Cheerwine, the 103-year-old soft drink from Salisbury, N.C., and its hometown will host a Virtual Cheerwine Festival on Saturday, May 16, at 5 p.m.
Last month, Cheerwine and the City of Salisbury announced plans to cancel the annual outdoor event that draws tens of thousands of people and instead host a virtual celebration for all to enjoy from the safety of home.
The City of Salisbury will hold a public hearing during the Tuesday, May 5, virtual Salisbury City Council meeting, beginning at 6 p.m., to discuss Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds.
Rowan County and City of Salisbury staff have few communication tools at their disposal to push emergency messages to the community. But none are more effective than RoCo Alerts. This new program has allowed us to send notifications to a large group of people at once for events such as severe weather, missing elderly residents, chemical spills, and lost children. If necessary, we are able to reach just over 55,000 residents between landline telephones, cell phones and email. While cell phone and email addresses are included via opt-ins, landline telephone numbers are included from the telephone company. Think of it as a reverse 911 call to your home telephone