ARCHDALE — A tax increase in Archdale will allow for continued growth after Archdale City Council unanimously approved the proposed budget, as recommended by staff, for the 2021-22 fiscal year last week.

City Manager Zeb Holden praised the efforts of Lori Nurse, the city’s finance director, saying their stewardship allows the finance department to put together a commendable budget each year. The proposed budget, as presented, is balanced using the new property tax rate of 31 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Based on current valuations, 1 cent generates $107,665 of revenue for the $15.9 million budget.

“For the first time since fiscal year ‘08, a tax rate increase is proposed within this year’s budget, a 2-cent increase which would take our tax rate to 31 cents per $100,” Holden said. “In continuing to keep a professional, trained and well-retained staff, a 2.5% increase in salaries is recommended.”

The increases to this year’s budget were explained as a product of city staff’s putting together a budget with so many unknowns as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Though not immune to the economic challenges that hit many other communities as a result of the pandemic, Archdale’s financial impact was not as devastating as projected initially, staff indicated.

The budget aims to stay ahead of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan and facility maintenance needs. A few CIP projects were put on hold last year to determine what impacts would be felt by COVID-19. With a few more tangible numbers to help guide staff, the upcoming year’s budget re-appropriates funding for designing a recreation center expansion and the addition of an equipment shelter at the public works facility.

Security system expansion at Creekside Park, replacement of three Archdale Police patrol vehicles and the purchase of two additional APD patrol vehicles, new windows at the city’s library as well as communications equipment for the police department are included in the budget. A new greenway loop trail, a new baseball field and grading work to create a multi-purpose open space at the upper ballfield are also included.

Four additional police officers, one for each of the city’s patrol teams, will be added over the next two years. Two of those positions are included in the 2021-22 FY budget, while the other two are scheduled to come in the 2022-23 budget.

“Council has seen the proposed budget, met with staff to go over and revised said budget, and at this point, staff feels confident that we have a budget that can be worked with and we look forward to moving forward,” Holden said.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.