City holds hearing Monday on budget

LUMBERTON — A public hearing on Lumberton’s proposed budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year will be held during the City Council’s regular meeting on Monday night.

The hearing on the $82 million budget will be one of four public hearings conducted during the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

The proposed budget maintains the current property tax rate of 65 cents for every $100 of property, includes a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for city employees and raises water and sewer rates by 7 percent. The budget also proposes repairs to city streets, several recreational facilities and the construction of a Memorial Park downtown.

A hearing will also be held on a conditional-use permit request submitted by William Chen to allow him to serve alcohol at SoHo Asian Bistro, located at 3417 Lackey St. According to Chen’s application, the establishment would be open no later than 10 p.m.

A request to rezone property at 3303 W. Fifth St. for use as an automotive mechanics shop will also be considered during a public hearing.

A separate hearing will be held to consider financing for painting and repairs to two city water towers and improvements to city facilities.