Red Springs to talk utility rates Monday

By: Staff report

RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs Board of Commissioners on Tuesday decided to continue its meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. when it will talk about electrical rates.

The decision was made after a closed session.

After the closed session, the commissioners voted to upgrade an electrical position to a lineman position and add a sergeant position at the Red Springs Police Department, so there will be four sergeants, one for each shift.

Also during the meeting Tuesday, the town decided to allow residents to vote on Nov. 6 about whether or not they want to allow the sale of beer, wine and liquor at permitted restaurants and other establishments. Town Manager David Ashburn said he believes that allows for more responsible consumption of alcohol and also will boost the local economy by bringing in restaurants and giving people a reason to dine locally.

The board also set a public hearing for June 27 for public input on Ashburn’s proposed budget, which must be ready before July 1. The $10.7 million plan keeps the tax rate at 64 cents for every $100 of property, gives employees a 3 percent raise, and provides for four new vehicles for the police department and four utility vehicles for the town.

The budget can be viewed from Monday through June 22 at Town Hall and the local library.

Staff report