Town of Tryon approves budget and new tax rates

Published 12:03 pm Thursday, June 22, 2023

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TRYON-The Tryon Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting at the McCown Room at Town Hall on Tuesday, June 20. The main topic of discussion was the proposed budget.

The Town Board unanimously approved the FY24 Budget Ordinance and Fee Schedule. The budget included a General Fund 5-cent tax increase, a five percent water and sewer rate increase and $1 per month increase in residential sanitation rates.   

Councilman Bill Crowell also brought to the attention of the Board that the Morris the Horse statue in downtown Tryon needs extensive repair. 

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“I’d say within a year it will deteriorate beyond repair,” said Crowell. Mayor Alan Peoples said the Board would take the renovations into consideration.

Town Manager Jim Fatland explained that the Lake Lanier dam is in need of repair. Fatland said there are plans to conduct and publish a report in order to apply for grant money for repairs to the nearly 100-year-old dam.

“I want to see the dam built within four years from today,” said Fatland.

The Lake Lanier Dam report will be an ongoing project.

The Town went into closed session to discuss potential litigation. In open session, it approved retaining a law firm to recover money from the Federal Government for land taken to create recreational trails. The Town of Tryon owns four parcels along what will be the Saluda Grade Rail Trail.