LINCOLNTON – City Manager Ritchie Haynes presented the 2022-2023 annual budget to the Lincolnton City Council at their regular meeting on May 5. The operating budget, which totals $29,509,587 is balanced without the use of fund balance or increases in taxes or fees. The public hearing for this budget will be held at the next annual meeting of the Lincolnton City Council which will be on June 2.
The largest expenditure for this year’s budget is police at 31.2%, with the second largest being fire at 20.5%. The pay and class study that was recently done for police and public works employees added an additional $221,696 to the budget. Several capital projects were included in the general fund budget including computers and equipment for police cars, building upgrades for the fire department, a new tractor for the street department, a new automated garbage truck for solid waste and a new mower for the cemetery. Gas and oil line items were increased in the service departments to account for the increase in fuel costs.
In other business, the application from Anderson Properties requesting the conditional zoning of 0.10 acres of land from Central Business District to Residential-Office Conditional District for the purpose of renovating the existing building for two residential units was approved by council. This property is the former location of Lincoln Times-News.
The application from Koval Builders requesting the rezoning of 0.142 acres of land from General Business District to Residential-10 District for property located at 729 East Sycamore Street was approved. The change to R-10 zoning would allow for one single family dwelling to be constructed on the property.
The 2021-2022 Lincolnton Student Advisory Council which Mayor Ed Hatley said, “was one of the best they’ve had in years,” was recognized by council members. These students are from all five high schools. The student advisory council was formed to solicit opinions of civic minded young people on matters that serve their age group now and in the future. The members also gain an education in civics and civic responsibilities. Each year, students select their own matters to address each year. At the meeting, several members of the group described the projects that the council worked on this year.
The group raised over $2,200 for the benefit of five local non-profits. The money was raised through a penny war held at each school to see which school could raise the most. Lincoln Charter School raised the largest amount. A check for $440 was presented by SAC members to each non-profit- Speak Up for Children, Hesed House of Hope, Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center, Christian Ministries and Amy’s House.