New officer in Mocksville budget

Published 10:17 am Friday, June 2, 2017

Mocksville will get one new police officer in the coming fiscal year, if the town board adopts the proposed budget after a public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. at town hall.

The budget proposed by Town Manager Marcus Abernethy also calls for the community development director (Tami Langdon) to go from a part-time to a full-time job, and re-instate the position of financial officer/clerk, which will be filled by Lynn Trivette.

The property tax rate will remain at $.29 per $100.

The proposed budget includes:

• funding for a new fire truck, two police cars, and public service vehicles;

• $150,000 for Phase 2 of the Main Street Park downtown;

• $80,000 for renovations to court square, including the planting of new trees;

• a $3 million multi-year renovation to the Dutchman’s Creek Wastewater Treatment plant, as well as a new elevated water tank north of I-40;

• a slight increase in water and sewer rates, done every year to prevent a one-time large increase;

• a basketball court re-paving project at Rich Park;

• a 1% pay increase for employees;

• a slight reduction in the fund balance, which has traditionally been over 100%;

• a 10% decrease in funding for community agencies; and

• transportation improvements to Azalea Drive, Magnolia Avenue, Holly Lane, Beechwood Drive, Birchwood Land, and Duke, Avon, Gwyn and sections of Gaither Street.

Downtown water line improvements are scheduled to start June 12, which will require some detour of traffic through the downtown area.

Abernethy said he continues to be impressed by town staff, and is working to ensure that each provides services as effeciently and effectively as possible.