Waxhaw works to finalize budget plans

WAXHAW – The Waxhaw Board of Commissioners and local residents will get a chance to comment on the town’s proposed budget at the second of two workshops on Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m. at the Waxhaw Town Hall.

Council members reviewed the proposed budget, which is almost $8 million, on Tuesday, May 14. Town manager Mike McLaurin discussed the spending package and his recommendations to commissioners, though no residents commented on the proposal at the meeting.  The Thursday workshop is one of two meetings where town leaders hope to get more input. The first was held Wednesday, May 15.

“As we move forward, this town is no longer a small town.  It’s a growing, thriving town and we are going to have to … start to look several years in advance,” McLaurin said, foreshadowing possible future spending the town could consider.

Taxes for residents will stay at 34 cents per $100, with solid waste fees remaining at $40 per year, although some departments will see an increase in their budget for the coming year.

The Waxhaw Police Department could see a large increase in their budget, with a proposed $1,750,999, in order to fund the new police facility commissioners are currently working on.  The police department also is requesting the replacement of two vehicles.

Another increase that could be seen in the coming year’s budget is a 3.5 percent increase in pay for the mayor and board of commissioners, something McLaurin said hasn’t happened in many years.

“The bottom line is that it’s been several years since we’ve had an increase, and just the amount of work that I see and the staff sees … like everybody, you deserve to be fairly compensated for that,” McLaurin said.

Currently, the board of commissioners is scheduled to vote on the 2013-14 budget during their May 28 meeting, almost a month before the June 30 deadline, at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Hwy.  A copy of the proposed budget is available on the town’s website at www.waxhaw.com. Click on “Administration – Finance and Budget” under the “Departments” tab.

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