Our View: Ups & Downs - Archdale’s no tax hike

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 09:48 PM

THUMBS UP to Archdale city officials and to its City Council, which despite a 5.4 percent decrease in the city’s total property valuation after a Randolph County revaluation, has tentatively decided to keep the same city property tax rate for the coming fiscal year. The city’s proposed budget for 2015, at $10.8 million with a 29-cent per $100 of property value, will raise about $165,000 less in tax revenue for the coming year. But city officials have balanced the budget without a tax rate hike. Instead, “We took department requests and prioritized the needs citywide,” Archdale Finance Director Lori Nurse told the Archdale-Trinity News. “This budget maintains current programs and services. It is a very trim budget.”
So, in the face of lower tax revenues because of a lower property-tax valuation, city officials decided it was better to trim the city budget rather than ask taxpayers to cough up more cash. That is a fine attitude for any public official at all levels of government to have and sets a good example for other governing bodies that also face the prospect of lower tax revenues.
Of course, the Archdale City Council still could change this taxpayer-friendly approach and enact a property-tax hike. Council is set to vote on the budget during its June 24 meeting. It’s anticipated that members will OK the no-tax-hike proposal, and let’s hope they follow through. If they don’t, then they would earn a Thumbs Down from here — and taxpayers — instead.

THUMBS UP to the road trip across North Carolina that the state’s original copy of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be making. The document, which outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States, has been kept forever in a climate-controlled vault in Raleigh. It’s believed that this is the first time it has ever left Raleigh. North Carolina ratified the 13th Amendment on Dec. 4, 1865, and Georgia did so two days later. Those votes provided the 36 necessary states needed for an amendment to become part of the Constitution.
A key date to remember in this area is: Friday, June 13. That’s when the amendment will be displayed in Guilford County at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia.