Asheville, NC

Asheville city budget to stay the same on property taxes

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By BEN LEDBETTER

ASHEVILLE, N.C. --

Asheville city council's 2022-2023 operating budget proposes keeping the property tax at $0.403 per $100 per assessed valuation.

That's one item of good news for the proposed upcoming budget that was presented on May 24.

Another positive item is the city staff's recommendation to the council to adjust the compensation plan so the city's minimum annual full-time salary is $36,816.

Asheville City Council will hold its final public hearing on Tuesday, June 14 at Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville Banquet Hall on 87 Haywood Street.

After Tuesday's meeting, the city council's next one will be on June 28. At that regularly-scheduled meeting, the proposed budget will be on the agenda for a vote.

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Asheville City Council will hold its final budget public hearing on June 14. Asheville City Hall is pictured in a 2011 photo.Wikimedia Commons

While no increase in property taxes is good news in one of North Carolina's most expensive cities, there are still negative points. Two of those low points are parking and transit services funds.

"In the Parking Services Fund, demand for off-street parking continues to be below pre-pandemic levels," stated Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell in the proposed budget message. "In addition, Parking Services encountered challenges with the installation of new gate equipment in City garages that led to a loss in revenue in the current fiscal year, which has impacted the Parking Services Fund’s ability to support Transit Services operations."

Campbell stated that the city's transit service provider has lost a significant amount of bus drivers which has led to service reductions. Because of the operational issues, no transit service enhancements are recommended for the next fiscal year.

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Ben Ledbetter is an experienced, versatile journalist that wrote for The Sumter (S.C.) Item, The (Lexington, N.C.) Dispatch, The (Asheville, N.C.) Citizen-Times and The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate. A graduate of UNC-Greensboro, Ledbetter later earned his MPA from the University of New Orleans. He will be covering a variety of stories in the Carolinas.

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