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Manteo commissioners adopt town budget for 2022

Manteo’s Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a town budget for fiscal year 2022 at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting June 2, 2021.

The general fund budget totals $6,615,630.

The budget calls for spending $1.6 million in undesignated fund balance to pay for Phase 2 of the Town Common, work on the Davis lot, replacement vehicles for Planning (1), Police (1) and Public Works (one for solid waste collection truck and one light-duty vehicle).

The property tax rate remains at 34.55 cents per $100 valuation to raise $2.24 million.

Several of the board’s priorities are funded under special projects, including consulting services for the Waterfront and Magnolia Pavilion, Operation Safe and Dry ($20,000) and wayfinding ($65,000). Community and Children’s events line item has been increased from $10,000 to $20,000.

For employees, a 2.4% cost of living adjustment is included along with a 1% salary increase. The budget also adds a full-time inspector/project manager and a part-time maintenance worker.

Funding has been increased for stormwater infrastructure improvement and for sidewalk maintenance and matching grant funds for new sidewalks.

The board will undertake a short-term pilot project for affordable housing on town-owned property.

The budget includes a 3.7% increase in Water and Sewer rates needed to comply with state requirements for debt service on the Shallowbag Bay Sewer Pump Station.

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