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Originally published: 2014-06-16 17:19:39
Last modified: 2014-06-16 17:19:39

Boone council to consider budget, other matters

by Anna Oakes

A public hearing on the town of Boone's proposed 2014-15 budget takes place at 5 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road.

The proposed budget includes a six-cent property tax increase, funding for new fire and police personnel, a 50-cent water rate hike, pay increases for town staff and allocations for several capital projects, including a new government center, Boone Police station renovations, sidewalk expansion, street paving and resurfacing and downtown streetscape improvements.

Following the public hearing, the council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday to set the agenda for its regular monthly meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19. Among the matters to be discussed are the budget, downtown booting complaints, a rezoning request for a mixed-use project on U.S. 321 and board appointments.

The board will meet in closed session Monday to discuss property negotiations with the Appalachian Theatre, other real estate negotiations and the handling or settlement of claims or potential claims against and by the town.

The council will also meet in closed session Thursday to discuss the potential hiring of a town employee, the handling or settlement of a claim by Gang of Five LLC against the town and the handling or settlement of a potential claim against the town.