Marion City Council agenda: Budget hearing, water award, fees

The Marion City Council will hold a public hearing about the proposed 2019-2020 budget and likely adopt it at the next regular meeting on Tuesday.

The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the City Hall.

The first item on the agenda is the presentation of an award from the state to the city’s water treatment plant staff. Council members will also recognize a city employee who achieved certification.

Then, the public hearing about the proposed 2019-2020 budget will follow. Last month, the City Council was given a recommended $11.3 million budget for fiscal year 2019-2020, which doesn’t call for an increase in the city’s property tax rate. But the plan does call for increases of just over 3% in the water and sewer rates. The proposed budget calls for a $1 per month increase in the monthly residential garbage fee from $3 per month to $4 per month and a 20% increase in commercial garbage rates to offset costs from prior and current year increases in McDowell County’s solid waste tipping fees.

The City Council will likely adopt the budget for 2019-2020 following the public hearing.

Another hearing is scheduled concerning changes in the zoning map for Marion. Council is scheduled to approve the new water and sewer rates and the revised garbage ordinance.

The public comment period will follow. This is the time when the public can speak to council about any issue or item not on the agenda.

City of Marion officials will consider new fees for planning and development and the 2019-2020 fee schedule.

Council will next consider a resolution about the Community Building Park’s stormwater project. This is about repairing the problems under the ground that forced city officials to close the park.

Council will approve the 2019-2020 street resurfacing priorities and consider some street requests. City officials will make an appointment to an advisory board.

City Manager Bob Boyette will give his report to council.

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