Huntsville Passes Budget With .35% Increase
During Monday’s electronic town council meeting in Huntsville, council passed it’s 2021 budget with a $ 16,985,645 tax supported budget. Council had hoped for a slight decrease in property taxes this year. There will however be an increase of .35 %, or $4 on a $300,000 property.
A few of the projects included in the budget are the Main Street Streetscape project at $3.692 million, Roads capital projects of $2,985,000 and $219,000 for the Port Sydney beach for an accessible path and repairs to the pavilion.
Staff advised the town that although a decrease was anticipated, it did not materialize as it was based on the education part of the levy decreasing.
Councilor Withey acknowledged that cuts were made, but he wanted staff to go back to get it to a zero percent increase. Mayor Terziano asked what kind of cuts would be needed, but staff were unable to make any guarantees because they don’t have the Districts final levy yet.
Mayor Terziano told Councilor Withey that she understood where he was coming from but, a .35 % increase is close to zero, and that a good job was done by staff on the budget.
In the final vote, Councilor Withey was the only No vote, and the budget was passed.