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6/7/2019 3:12:00 PM
City Budget Approved During Busy City Council Meeting
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Steve Payseur
Staff Writer

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - The Lincolnton City Council approved the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget Thursday night with very little discussion. The coming year’s budget will be essentially the same as last year at just over $29 million with no increases in utility fees or tax rates. Many homeowners and businesses will see a higher total tax bill, however, due to higher property valuations.

In the coming budget year, the City will not be taking money from the reserve fund as it has in the past several years. The reserve fund is the essentially the City’s savings account that is used when unexpected expenses arise. No one spoke on the budget at the public hearing and it was approved unanimously.

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The Piedmont Companies reported on the thee housing project that the City approved just over two years ago. According to the contract between the City and the Piedmont Companies, construction was to have begun within 730 days from the approval of the contract. Construction was not started within that time frame and at the request of Craig Upshaw of Piedmont, the Council extended the deadline by 120 days. Upshaw stated that would be a reasonable time frame, and construction would start within 120 days of the approved permits and will be completed within one year.

Upshaw also added that several changes will be made in the order of construction with the Aspen Street units beginning first followed by the Memorial Hall site and then the Court Square units.

In another project, Upshaw noted the final design of the new Brick Tree Brewery is nearly complete and that construction work is planned to start in July. The brewery renovations should be completed by March of 2020.

The City of Lincolnton received notice of several commendations on City services. For the 17th year in a row, the Lincolnton Water Department has achieved the highest rating in the State for water quality. Only three water departments in the State have achieved that distinction.

The Lincolnton Fire Department was recognized with a 2 rating, only missing the highest rating of 1 by three points. These ratings can lead to lower insurance rates for businesses and city citizens.

Finally, Police Chief Rodney Jordan noted that each year all 740 municipalities in North Carolina are rated for safety. The top 50 safest municipalities in the State are recognized each year. This year Lincolnton was ranked the 30th safest in NC.

In other business the City Council:

  • Approved the execution of the contract to Pinnacle Architecture for the Police Building Renovations.
  • Reappointed Tommy Huskey to a second 3-year term to LEDA.
  • Approved new signage requirements for the Central Business District and the Central Business District Transitional District to allow cantilevered signs per new guidelines.
  • Approved new parking regulations.
  • Approved a new Interlocal cooperation agreement between the City and County which will save taxpayers approximately $650,000.

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