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City nears decision on ‘tough’ budget

Morning, evening meetings Thursday

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

After receiving public comment on the proposed 2012-2013 budget during its meeting Thursday evening, the Lincolnton City Council is expected to take a vote on the city’s financing for next year.
Earlier in the day, council members will meet to discuss last-minute details regarding the budget, during an 8 a.m. work session at City Hall. City Clerk Donna Flowers told the Times-News Tuesday that the morning session will allow City Manager Jeff Emory to address concerns council members have brought up at previous meetings.
Emory has called this budget the toughest he has dealt with since being in Lincolnton.
In addition to conducting a public hearing on the budget Thursday night, the council will likewise conduct one on proposed amendments to the Lincoln County Solid Waste Plan, as presented by Jason Wager, sustainability program manager for the Centralina Council of Governments.
There will also be a public hearing on a request for a conditional-use rezoning of .58 acres of land to allow for a fabrication shop on the south side of West N.C. 150, not far from the intersection with Laboratory Road.
Also on Thursday night’s agenda, council members will consider a proposed policy regarding retirement receptions for city employees, a 2012-2013 salary schedule and schedule of budgeted positions and the order of collection for the next fiscal year’s taxes.
Additionally, Planning Director Laura Simmons will present the council with an update on Phase III of the Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail Project and on Ingles. As the Times-News previously reported, the Asheville-based grocery chain’s plans for a Boger City store may be set aside while it focuses on construction of a distribution center elsewhere.
Thursday’s regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall and is open to the public.

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