Hendersonville City Council approves $52 million budget
Hendersonville City Council unanimously approved a $52.47 million budget for the city’s 2022-23 fiscal year on June 2, which includes no tax increases but an increase in water and disgust.
The general fund, which includes public administration, public security and public works, represents $23.97 million, or 45.68% of the budget. The Water and Sewer Fund, primarily funded by user fees, is the second largest fund at $22.66 million.
“‘The Year of the ‘No’ has been descriptive of fiscal year 22-23, a positive for those in our community who feel the dire economic conditions,” City Manager John Connet said in the budget. ability to maintain a high level of service while maintaining the same government taxes and fees is due to higher-than-expected sales tax collections in fiscal year 22-23 and a favorable, but conservative, forecast for the ‘exercise 23-24.’
The city has not followed through on last year’s expectation to raise the property tax rate another 3 cents, keeping the rate the same as last year at $0.52 per $100 land value. Property taxes are expected to total $11.5 million in revenue for the fiscal year 2023 budget.
An increase in water and sewer bills of 12% for in-town customers and 8% for out-of-town customers will go towards continuing to pay the 10-year list of 292 millions of dollars for vital infrastructure projects and to continue to equalize water rates between the interior and exterior. – city water customers by 2030.
General fund and benefits staff expenses, which include salaries, allowances, insurance and retirement, will receive an increase of 8.6%, or about $1 million. The city’s renewed health insurance results in a 12% drop in costs, thanks in part to the city’s wellness program.
City employee salaries will match or exceed employee salaries in 75% of neighboring cities and counties, including Hickory, Asheville, Greenville SC, Spartanburg, SC, Buncombe, as a result of salary and classification study County, Henderson County and others. Pension contributions increased to 13.24% for police officers and 12.14% for all other employees.
The budget also adds one part-time position and nine full-time positions from the general fund, seven new positions from the water and sewer fund and three storm water maintainers from the storm water fund.
The General Fund operating budget has increased by $422,931, or 7.8%, since last year. The increase is due to increased funding for special appropriations to nonprofit organizations, higher fuel and repair costs, increased board expenses, and increased l liability and property insurance.
The general fund capital expenditure budget has also increased by $355,450, or 28.2%, since fiscal 2022. Projects include:
- $1.1 million for 7 police vehicles, 2 fire engines, 1 public works bucket truck, 1 public works backhoe and 1 public works pothole repairer
- $500,000 for police body cameras and cloud-based video storage, replacement of multi-gas monitors for firefighters, improvements to Patton Park and installation of traffic signs.
To make up the difference between general fund income and expenditure, $1.25 million from the US bailout will be taken from the planned $4.5 million. Another $1.25 is expected to be transferred to the general fund next fiscal year.
The remaining $2 million will be used directly for “transformative community projects that address economic externalities, health impacts, and infrastructure projects that have been delayed or otherwise affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the budget. .
$5 million will also be allocated by The American Rescue Plan to the water and sewer fund for improvement projects.
A new parking fund has been created, but no fees will be changed until the parking deck and new meters are operational.
For more information or to view the full budget document, visit https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/budget