Carrboro City Council approves FY23 budget at meeting Tuesday

Carrboro City Council approved its budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, 6-1, at its Tuesday meeting. The FY23 year begins on July 1, 2022 and ends on June 30, 2023.

The budget totals $27.7 million, including $7.02 million allocated to the “General Government”. This includes funds for the Mayor, City Council, Advisory Councils and City Manager.

Other notable government appropriations include $395,916 for economic development, $217,846 for climate action and $600,129 for housing and community services.

The budget also included funds for public safety, totaling $7.7 million. It allocated $4.5 million to the Carrboro Police Department and $3.2 million to the Carrboro Fire and Rescue Department.

In addition, $568,423 will be allocated to the Affordable Housing Fund, and a tax rate of 1.5 cents on every $100 of taxable property will be dedicated solely to the fund.

Carrboro City Councilman Danny Nowell said one thing he’s passionate about about the FY23 budget is the investment it represents in city staff.

“We have city staff tasked with creating what we believe to be the most progressive community in the South in this city, often from scratch, and they work overtime to accommodate our demands,” he said. .

As part of the budget, all permanent full-time and appointed City employees will receive a $3,000 salary increase, effective July 2, 2022.

Carrboro City Council member Sammy Slade was the only member not to vote in favor of the budget, citing the amount of money allocated for climate action in the budget.

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