Manchester budget would raise taxes 6 Waste charges to show in bills


The Manchester Town Council last night introduced a proposed $1,551,285 budget that would raise town real estate taxes by 6 cents and show landfill solid-waste charges on quarterly utility bills.

"This budget's not in concrete," said Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr.

He said the council would take final action on the budget April 28.

Town Manager Terry Short said that under this proposal the local property tax would rise from 39 cents per $100 assessed value to 45 cents per $100 assessed value.

A homeowner who paid average taxes of $145 this year would pay $167 under the proposal, he said.

He said Manchester's population is expected to double by the year 2000. When the Blevin's Claim, Manchester Farms and Black Farm Annexation developments are finished, he said, more than 800 new houses will be added to the town, which now has about 1,000 homes.

The budget plan includes a proposed parks impact fee of $100 per new home. Mr. Short said the town would need to expand its 82-acre park system as the population grows.

"The new homes that create a demand for a service should pay for that service," Mr. Short said.

The budget also features a $200 safety impact fee for each new house. Mr. Short said that money would be put aside to expand the police department as the town grows. He said a new police officer should be added for each 300 new homes.

Under the proposed budget, residents will have to pay landfill charges as part of their utility bills. In the past, the money came from the town's real estate taxes.

Mr. Short said the average household creates 1.2 tons of waste a year. He estimated the cost of dumping that waste in the county landfill at $55 to $61 a ton.

Councilman Geoffrey Black noted there were 4 1/2 weeks before final action on the budget for residents to express their views.

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