Council approves budget, rezoning
The Thomasville City Council unanimously approved the $35.1 million 2014-2015 city budget during its regular meeting Monday. Property tax rates will remain unchanged at 56 cents per $100 of valuation.
City employees were granted a two percent cost-of-living increase and there is a rate increase for water and sewer, according to the terms of the adopted budget. Altogether, $12.7 million was allocated for water and sewer funding, while $21.6 million is for the general fund.
The budget also allowed $784,335 for the operation of Winding Creek Golf Course, the only item that elicited comment during the public forum segment of the meeting.
“If you will get serious about making that golf course be someone else’s golf course, you won’t have to transfer any [funds],” said Barney W. Hill, a resident of the Fair Grove community. “Haste can never make waste when the object is to disown the golf course.”
The budget calls for no increases in planning and zoning fees and a three percent cut for each city department.
Aside from budget consideration, other items from the meeting included the unanimous approval of a rezoning request made by Dennis and Cynthia Roseberry. The rezoning, from R-10 low density residential to C-2 highway commercial, allows for an antique store at 922 Hasty School Rd.
“I don’t want to destroy the look of the house. I’m just getting a little older and want to slow down,” Dennis Roseberry said. “I think it’s a good area and this business will grow.”
After some concerns were voiced by neighbors at the public hearing that the Roseberrys could sell the property to a less reputable business, the council voted 7-0 in favor of the rezoning. Additionally, a transit station license agreement with Walmart was approved.
A request by Jen Hames of the Davidson County Health Department to place signs in public parks throughout Thomasville was unanimously granted. The signs are intended to discourage the exposure of children to secondhand smoke.
Hames showed council members the signs that will be used and cited statistics that suggest tobacco use in Davidson County is on the rise. One statistic indicated tobacco use in the county was at 28 percent, up from 25 percent in 2009.
“We have the dubious distinction of being one of the few who have actually increased,” Hames said.
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