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Town of Morrisville Staying Focused on Continuing Foundational Work as Council Approves FY2021 Budget

Post Date:06/24/2020 3:00 AM

Contact: Wil Glenn, Communications and Outreach Director – 919-463-6152
Date:  June 24, 2020
For Immediate Release

Morrisville, NC – Morrisville Town Council approved a $37,930,850 Annual Operating Budget & Capital Investment Program for Fiscal Year 2021 at their June 23 Town Council Meeting. The budget includes a tax rate of $0.36 per $100 of assessed value, which is 3 cents lower than the current rate of $0.39 and 3.5 cents above the revenue-neutral tax rate of 32.5 cents. The Vehicle Decal Fee remains at $30 per vehicle per year, and the Stormwater Fee remains unchanged at $25 per ERU. The budget includes some moderate user fee adjustments to reflect additional costs to provide services, as well as utilization of general fund balance appropriations for one-time expenses. 

The approved FY2021 budget places a strong emphasis on retaining key resources essential to sustaining meaningful programs and services to meet the town’s current and growing needs. 

“This budget reflects an emphasis on high-impact one-time expenditures through delaying additions to recurring expenses, primarily new staff positions, while reaffirming the town’s commitment to future roadway and transportation projects through an increased reserve allocation,” said Town Manager Martha Paige.

Other core initiatives addressed in the FY2021 budget include:

  • Smart city and environmental sustainability initiatives
  • Traffic congestion and traffic safety projects
  • Forward-facing quality of life elements such as the Healthy Food Hub and cultural programs
  • Support for senior and pre-school programming
  • Technology improvements to expand information sharing with the public
  • Network security and support for expanded programs
  • Addressing facility maintenance needs
  • Six staff positions to address and meet the essential needs of a growing population and needs

These operating and capital initiatives represent a commitment to staying focused to “Connect Morrisville” to tangible desired results for the good of the entire community during the current COVID-19 challenges.

“The Town’s strategic and financial perspectives have been heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Paige. “Considering the current economic climate, this budget responsibly advances our strategic plan and specific policy goals discussed by Town Council. Council and staff traveled together from varied and differing opinions on both our programmatic needs and desires to continue to make progress and not lose ground. Each council member came ready to offer their individual perspective, but success in framing the final adopted budget came from the willingness to listen to each other and compromise.”  

The budget process included outreach to the public. Due to COVID-19 limitations, a virtual public hearing was held on June 9. Public hearing comments were received electronically from June 9 through June 10. Other outreach included the annual Budget Portal, which was open from May 12 through June 10 to collect feedback. Council reviewed all feedback as part of the budget process. 

Information on the FY2021 Annual Operating Budget is available on the town website.