Work is Underway in Morrisville as Town Council Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Budget & Capital Investment Program
Town Council approved a $38,453,000 Annual Operating Budget & Capital Investment Program for Fiscal Year 2019 at their June 12 Town Council Meeting. There is no tax rate increase, and the Stormwater Fee remains the same. In order to dedicate much-needed additional funds to roadway, transportation and transit projects, Council approved a Vehicle Decal Fee increase from $15 to $30 per vehicle.
The approved FY2019 Budget and Capital Investment Program will focus on an aggressive approach to operational enhancements, capital projects and effective use of cash reserves. Major capital projects such as a Public Works facility design plan, Morrisville Healthy Food Hub Phase 2, Davis Drive intersection improvements and other pedestrian enhancements, and Northwest Park fitness stations will complement operational priorities like technology enhancements, community engagement and proactive roadway and facility maintenance. A focus on putting people and resources in place to provide better services this fiscal year will ensure these projects and priorities happen.
Nine new staffing positions were approved, including 5 in Public Safety. Three new Police Lieutenants will provide more effective services to residents, and 2 in Fire will help support operations oversight of the Fire and Rescue staff and assist with current and ongoing demand for plan review and building inspections. Four other positions in Planning, Community Relations and Information Technology will aid in managing expanded workload and create opportunities for new and innovative programs and services.
With the adoption of Morrisville’s first-ever Strategic Plan earlier this year, the budget also provides an opportunity to start working towards the goals and objectives outlined in the plan to Connect Morrisville by dedicating funding towards important projects in town.
The budget process included expanded outreach to the public, with a series of drop-in meetings for residents to review the budget and ask questions. Other outreach included the annual Budget Portal, which was open from May 8 – 22 to collect feedback, as well as the Public Hearing, which remained open through June 12. Council reviewed all feedback as part of the budget process.“The theme for this year’s budget is ‘Work Underway’, which accurately describes the Fiscal Year 2019 budget,” said Town Manager Martha Paige. “We have lots of major projects already happening as well as new initiatives that will continue to provide stellar service and amenities to our residents. We appreciate Council’s continued support so we can provide the best possible Morrisville for our residents to live well.
The FY2019 Annual Operating Budget is available on the website.