Manchester budget awaits comments NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro


The proposed Manchester budget for fiscal 1994, which would raise real estate tax rates by 6 cents and ask residents to pay landfill costs on their quarterly utility bills, will be the subject of a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the town hall.

Real estate tax rates would rise from 39 cents to 45 cents per $100 of assessed valuation under the proposed budget.

Taxes for a typical $130,000 home, assessed at 40 percent of its value, would rise about $31 from $202 to $233 under the draft plan.

The proposed budget also would shift the burden of paying for solid waste disposal from the town to the residents. Solid waste charges would be added to the quarterly utility bill.

Town Manager Terry Short estimated that a household would pay about $15 a quarter in solid waste charges, but the actual amount would vary with the town's recycling rate.

Mr. Short said water and sewer rates have not yet been projected. He said, however, "The average person's bill is going to be very similar" to what it was last year.

The total proposed spending plan of $1,557,480 is 41.6 percent larger than last year's budget of $1,100,000.

But Mr. Short said this year's proposal includes revenue and expenses that had been kept off the budget in the past.

For example, this year's draft includes $150,000 for the Charmil Drive sewer project. In the past, sewer projects have not been included in the regular town budget.

Under the proposed budget for fiscal 1994, new homes in Manchester would be subject to two new, one-time impact fees: a parks impact fee of $100 per home to help expand the town's park system and a safety impact fee of $200 per new home for increased police services for the town's growing population.

The budget also includes money to replace 250 water meters.

Manchester officials have scheduled a public hearing on water and sewer rates April 28.

The council plans to act on the budget at its May 11 meeting.

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