|Public safety, works make up half of budget|
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
More than half of the $6.5 million proposed budget for the town of Rocky Mount will be spent on public safety and public works.
The two combined total $3,435,283. Proposed expenditures for public safety are set at $1,940,602 and $1,494,681 for public works.
The largest spending category in the public safety budget is the police department at $1,821,954, an increase of $65,747 from the current budget.
The other portion of public safety is the fire department, whose budget is $118,648, up from the current budget amount $116,097.
Public works expenditures are on streets, sidewalks and curb and gutters, lighting, parking and traffic control, street maintenance, parking, refuse collection, street cleaning, snow removal and administration.
Proposed expenditures for government administration is set at $667,381 for fiscal year 2014-15. The category includes the mayor, town council, town manager, town attorney, finance and electoral board.
The proposed budget for building and grounds maintenance is $267,529. That figure is a decease of $27,607 over the current budget.
Proposed expenditures for community development total $436,231, an increase of $37,021.
The proposed budget contains no increase in real estate taxes or fees.
The current real estate tax rate is 13 cents per $100 assessed value.