Wagram may see service fees jump but taxes remain steady

by Maria D. Grandy - [email protected]

WAGRAM —Wagram residents will see some slight increases in fees for town service, town officials said Thursday night as they talked about the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

The budget plan does not include any change to the property tax rate. Wagram budget proposal call for keeping the rate at at .65 cents per $100 of property value, meaning the owner of a $100,000 home pays $650 a year in taxes on that property.

The proposed $384,981 budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes $135,826 for general administration; $135,295 for the police department; $100,360 for the street department; and $9,000 for the fire department.

The town expects to generate about $134, 780 in property taxes. The town’s tax collection rate is estimated to be 85.5 percent.

The budget proposal has slight increases in the service fees. The trash fee could go up y $1.50, making it $15 per month. There is also proposed hike in the base water/sewer/ and trash fee increased from $46.50 to $50.

The budget also includes a cost of living increase for town employees of 1.5 percent.

Town Clerk Phyllis Lowery also recommended changing the fee rental for the Wagram Community Building. Currently the town charges $100 for the rental of the building ( a four-hour minimum) plus a $75 refundable deposit. Lowery suggested the rental fee go to $125 with the deposit remaining the same.

She also suggested allowing town employees to rent the building once a year at a discounted rate.

“There should be some kind of fee because there are expenses there, but we maintain that building,” she said.

After Commissioner Hyder Massey asked if there was money in the budget for the street department to get trees trimmed on Second Street, that department’s $2,500 budget was increased by $2,000.

Commissioners will consider voting on the proposed budget after a public hearing on June 23 at 5 p.m.

In other business, Commissioner Bernice Gorham told the board the town has been having water problems the past month.

“A lot of pipes have been burst and they are trying to get those done, and some caps have to be replaced,” she said.

Also Thursday, Commissioner Kendrick Thomas said that at least two residents have complained about damaged tires because of conditions on Bundy Street. Thomas said a portion of that road is missing. Commissioners said they plan to inspect town roads to help officials prioritize repairs.

by Maria D. Grandy

[email protected]

Reach Maria D. Grandy at 910-506-3171.

Reach Maria D. Grandy at 910-506-3171.

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