THOMASVILLE — A public hearing will be held June 7 to give residents the opportunity to offer input on the $45.9 million 2021-22 proposed budget.
According to the terms of the proposed budget, the city’s property tax will increase 2 cents, which will put it at 62 cents per $100 evaluation. A special reserve for road maintenance projects will be created with 1 cent of the tax, while the other is expected to finalize recreation projects. Michael Brandt, Thomasville city manager, said members of council have had the chance to tweak the proposed document, which is available to be viewed at city hall.
“The 2-cent increase is at the request of city council for a street maintenance reserve account,” Brandt said. “The budget is on file in the finance department at city hall.”
The budget consists of three major operating funds, including the general fund, water and sewer fund and golf course.
Salary and benefits for city employees total roughly $17.2 million, or 60% of all expenditures. Winding Creek Golf Course maintains five full-time and more than 15 part-time and seasonal employees, all of whom are included in the budget.
The city’s largest capital expenditures include three patrol cars valued at $79,000, three administrative vehicles at $96,000, a CID vehicle at $25,000, a vice vehicle at $25,000, three in- car cameras at $21,300 and a WatchGuard server at $18,000.
The council has set aside one-half cent of the general fund tax for economic development, totaling $97,424. Thomasville shares the cost of operating the Davidson County Economic Development Commission with Denton, Lexington, Wallburg, Midway and Davidson County.
The public hearing scheduled for June 7 to discuss the budget will be held at Ball Park Community Center at 7003 Ball Park Road.
Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.