Taxpayers are mum on Waynesville's proposed tax hike

By Mary Ann Enloe | Jun 12, 2014

Waynesville's governing board gave citizens an opportunity Tuesday evening to speak out about the proposed property tax increase that would raise the rate from 40.82 cents per $100 of value to 43.82 cents per hundred and anything else in the draft of the $29 million budget, but nobody had anything to say.

Town Attorney Woody Griffin opened the required public hearing soon after 7 p.m. at the board's regular board meeting, asking for a show of hands from among the 12 or 15 audience members if anyone would like to speak concerning the proposed budget.  No one moved a muscle and Griffin closed the hearing.

Tuscola High School Air Force JROTC made a brief presentation requesting to be included in the town's nonprofit funding process for 2014-15 fiscal year.

Mayor Gavin Brown assured the student presenters that, as in the past, Tuscola's JROTC would be strongly considered for funding.

Town Manager Marcy Onieal announced that an agreement had been reached with NC Blue Cross and Blue Shield to hold employee health insurance premiums to the 15-percent increase budgeted for in next year's document.

At the June 6 budget workshop, Onieal had informed the board that health insurance proposals had come in at a 27-percent increase.  Further negotiations resulted in the lower percentage of increase. Waynesville pays 100 percent of employees' insurance premiums and 80 per of dependents' premiums.

The mayor and aldermen made several appointments to boards and commissions:
ABC Board, one 3-year term ending June 30, 2017, Jack Swanger
Historic Preservation Commission, four 3-year terms ending June 30, 2014, Glenn Duerr, Peter Sterling, Ronald Sullivan, and JoAnna Swanson
Planning Board, three 3-year terms ending June 30, 2017, Lee Bouknight, Robert Herrmann, and Patrick McDowell whose extra-territorial jurisdiction appointment must be confirmed by the county
Public Art Commission, three 3-year terms ending June 30, 2017, RoAnne Barrett, Sarah Jane League and Charles Mills
Recreation Commission, three 3-year terms ending June 30, 2017, Michelle Claytor, Kenneth Mull and Dan Schultz
Waynesville Housing Authority,  one 5-year term ending June 30, 2019, Joan Robb
Zoning Board of Adjustment, two 3-year terms endingJune 30, 2017, Charles John Gisler and Robert Herrman.
One of town clerk Amie Owens' first assignments when she was hired recently was to research and compile a current Volunteer Boards and Commissions handbook listing terms and board make-up.

The town advertises when boards have vacancies and encourages residents to apply.
The next budget workshop will be June 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the former board room in the Municipal Building.  The governing board is expected to adopt its budget at the 7 p.m. June 24 meeting.