Town Council and staff began looking at the fiscal 2015 budget Thursday night.
Town Manager Austin Garber II proposed a 3 percent increase in water rates, keeping with a trend. The town has raised water rates 3 percent every year but once since fiscal 2008, he said.
Garber noted that the proposed $993,705 general fund budget calls for a 3 percent increase in employees’ salaries.
Wish list items as council considers the budget over the next couple months include: a new Ford Explorer, bullet-proof vests and rain gear for police, a new snow plow for public works, and paving the parking area behind the town office at a projected cost of $7,000.
The city would also like to budget for a tree-trimming project for trees around town parking lots and playground equipment at a projected cost of $8,000.
Garber noted that the town is looking forward to a new business opening soon. Main Street Diner is slated to replace Tina’s Family Restaurant at 148 N. Main St.