Pinehurst Holding Tax Rate Hearings
The first of two public hearings on the new proposed tax
rate for the City of Pinehurst was held on Sept. 9. The second hearing is
scheduled for Friday Sept. 12. If the next scheduled meeting cannot be held due
to the possibility of Hurricane Ike affecting Orange County, the hearing will be
rescheduled for Sept 19.
After the two public hearings the tax rate can then be
voted on at the scheduled city council meeting Sept. 23.
In other city business the council voted to adopt a rate
increase of 2 ½ percent for solid waste collection.
The carrier, Allied Waste, had proposed a rate increase of
5.9%. City Administrator Dan Robertson negotiated the rate increase down to 2 ½%.
The city had budgeted 3% for the rate increase, but voted to adopt the lower
rate as negotiated.
City Secretary Debbie Cormier reported that the new rates on
the city’s insurance policy will be lower with the new carrier. The new policy
will be a lower rate structure for the covered employees. The lower rates could
result in a savings for the city, perhaps as much as $60,000.
The city is discussing the collection of outstanding
warrants with the firm Net Data. Net Data is currently collecting outstanding
warrants for other entities in Orange County and has had a high success rate
with collections of the warrants.
City Code Enforcement Officer Grady Gray reported that the
city will begin the demolition of the property located at 1902 29th
Street Wednesday, Sept. 12. The city is beginning to remove properties that
have been slated for demolition after repeated efforts have been made by the
city to get the owners to repair of remove the structures.
The Labor Day picnic is scheduled to be held on Sept. 20 at
the old Bancroft School. The event was postponed and rescheduled due to Hurricane