Columbus approves new budget with no increases

Published 3:00 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Next year’s water/sewer budget is much larger than this year’s due to the town receiving a $3 million loan to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, with renovations already begun.

Columbus approved a $4,129,038 budget for its water/sewer fund, which includes the $3 million construction loan and $53,238 appropriated from the town’s fund balance.

This year’s (2012-2013) water/sewer budget was approved at $1,097,800.

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Columbus held a public hearing last week with no comments being made regarding the new budget. Council held a budget work session on May 30.

“There are no tax increases or water/sewer fees increases proposed in this year’s proposal, though council is aware that the sewer plant rehabilitation will require fee increases in the coming years,” said town manager Jonathan Kanipe.