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Morrisville Opens Budget Portal for Public Input

Post Date:05/13/2020 9:00 AM

Morrisville Town Manager Martha Paige presented the recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) to the Morrisville Town Council during Tuesday’s virtual council meeting. The total recommended operating budget for FY2021 is $38,180,000. The recommended budget has been balanced carefully leveraging revenue authority, use of reserves, recognizing potential impacts to revenues and implementing fiscal management measures to remain fiscally nimble in the short and long-term. The budget includes well-thought-out deferments and reductions that demonstrate the challenges and tradeoffs in preparing a budget with reasonable growth to remain committed to meeting the growing service needs through uncertain times. The budget proposes a tax rate of $0.365. This is a 2.5 cent reduction as compared to the current tax rate of $0.39. The budget proposal was developed with a focus on retaining key resources essential to sustaining programs and services at existing expected levels.

The Vehicle Tax Fee ($30) and Stormwater Fee ($25) remain unchanged. The proposed budget includes some moderate user fee adjustments to reflect additional costs to provide services, as well as utilization of $840,350 of general fund balance appropriations (less than 3% of expenditures) for one-time expenses. 

“Understanding that the Town’s strategic and financial outlooks have been heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe this proposed budget continues to provide a responsible path forward that advances our strategic plan and specific policy goals discussed by Town Council,” said Town Manager Paige. “The FY2021 recommended budget is about staying focused on the foundational work already completed for many key programs, services and initiatives.”

Morrisville’s FY2021 proposed annual operating and capital budgets continue to be influenced by the Town’s rapid growth and demands of a flourishing community. Major work efforts stem from ongoing endeavors to address public mobility and traffic flow needs, the emphasis on technology improvements to expand information sharing with the public, and expanded parks and recreational programming. Communications and outreach efforts are critical, and continue to be enhanced, as they support information sharing about many key initiatives leading to an engaged and informed public.

The core components of the FY2021 budget include putting workforce resources in place to improve public safety, network security and support for expanded programs. Other important initiatives focus on public transportation services, traffic congestion mitigation, enhancement of services for a senior center and preschool programs, smart city and sustainability initiatives, and continuation of roadway and facility maintenance needs.

The Budget review calendar and key information can be found at https://www.townofmorrisville.org/budget. The Town is eager to receive input from the community. Comments and feedback can be provided using the Town’s Budget Portal at www.townofmorrisville.org/budgetportal, which will be live through June 10. A public hearing is scheduled for June 9 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. All input will be provided to Town Council as they deliberate and prepare for budget and CIP adoption. 

Due to COVID-19 impacts, some meetings may be held virtually and will be noticed as such.

Morrisville Town Manager Martha Paige presented the recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) to the Morrisville Town Council during Tuesday’s virtual council meeting. The total recommended operating budget for FY2021 is $38,180,000. The recommended budget has been balanced carefully leveraging revenue authority, use of reserves, recognizing potential impacts to revenues and implementing fiscal management measures to remain fiscally nimble in the short and long-term. The budget includes well-thought-out deferments and reductions that demonstrate the challenges and tradeoffs in preparing a budget with reasonable growth to remain committed to meeting the growing service needs through uncertain times. The budget proposes a tax rate of $0.365. This is a 2.5 cent reduction as compared to the current tax rate of $0.39. The budget proposal was developed with a focus on retaining key resources essential to sustaining programs and services at existing expected levels.

The Vehicle Tax Fee ($30) and Stormwater Fee ($25) remain unchanged. The proposed budget includes some moderate user fee adjustments to reflect additional costs to provide services, as well as utilization of $840,350 of general fund balance appropriations (less than 3% of expenditures) for one-time expenses. 

“Understanding that the Town’s strategic and financial outlooks have been heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe this proposed budget continues to provide a responsible path forward that advances our strategic plan and specific policy goals discussed by Town Council,” said Town Manager Paige. “The FY2021 recommended budget is about staying focused on the foundational work already completed for many key programs, services and initiatives.”

Morrisville’s FY2021 proposed annual operating and capital budgets continue to be influenced by the Town’s rapid growth and demands of a flourishing community. Major work efforts stem from ongoing endeavors to address public mobility and traffic flow needs, the emphasis on technology improvements to expand information sharing with the public, and expanded parks and recreational programming. Communications and outreach efforts are critical, and continue to be enhanced, as they support information sharing about many key initiatives leading to an engaged and informed public.

The core components of the FY2021 budget include putting workforce resources in place to improve public safety, network security and support for expanded programs. Other important initiatives focus on public transportation services, traffic congestion mitigation, enhancement of services for a senior center and preschool programs, smart city and sustainability initiatives, and continuation of roadway and facility maintenance needs.

The Budget review calendar and key information can be found at https://www.townofmorrisville.org/budget. The Town is eager to receive input from the community. Comments and feedback can be provided using the Town’s Budget Portal at www.townofmorrisville.org/budgetportal, which will be live through June 10. A public hearing is scheduled for June 9 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. All input will be provided to Town Council as they deliberate and prepare for budget and CIP adoption. 

Due to COVID-19 impacts, some meetings may be held virtually and will be noticed as such.

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