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Newton's proposed electric rate hike reduced

June 1, 2012

Tweaks to Newton's proposed $38 million budget trimmed an electric rate hike slightly, reduced a pay raise for city workers and modified those workers' health insurance benefits.

All total, elected officials' changes to Newton City Manager Todd Clark's proposed budget cut the Fiscal Year 2012-13 spending plan by $306,400 to about $38.5 million.

Newton City Council will hold a public hearing on the budget during its Tuesday meeting that begins at 7 p.m. Elected officials are expected to vote on the spending plan following the public comment period.

Newton's budget proposal still includes a garbage rate increase of $3 per month, raising the cost for residential garbage customers to $10 monthly.

The budget also includes an electric rate hike, but that increase is lowered from the original 6.4 percent proposal to 6.2 percent. The reduction for residential, commercial and industrial customers decreased projected revenue in the city's electric department by $26,650.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.


Break out the Brass Band!!!

June 5, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 1123

Let me see, we are lauding a reduction in the electric rate by a WHOPPING 200th of a percent amounting to a gigantic slice of the $38 FREAKIN' million dollar budget by ONLY $26K. That is less than the cost of one pick up truck!

This is ludicrous! We are contemplating spending (by borrowing) MILLIONS more dollars by building an un-necessary new Fire Station! Of course, this means the new building has to have more firemen, and this means paying for them and their pensions and health care for them and their families for up to 70 years a piece! NEWTON CANT AFFORD THIS!

Prioritize what is critical tot he towns survival and functionality and reduce costs NOT add cost!

Here is what I offer:

Modernize the Water delivery and sewar removal, upgrade the elictrical ddelivery system or privitize it, reapir the critical infra-structure, re-vitalize the commercial district, identify and destroy teh decaying and abandoned commercial properties and rebuild public confidence in the capabilities in City Government and lastly, repair the damage done to the treasurey.

NO WHERE should it be assumed that we need to expand the Fire Departmetn or any other departmetn. WE CAN MAKE DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE UNTIL TIMES ARE BETTER!

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