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Roanoke passes 2022-23 budget

The Roanoke City Council passed its budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year at Monday’s council meeting.

The city is projecting just over $8.7 million in revenue in the new fiscal year, with expenditures totaling just over $8.4 million.

The largest chunk of expenditures in that budget is contained within the city’s largest workforce, the police department, which is expected to chew up over $2.8 million in operating costs.

The vast majority of the city’s revenue – almost $5 million of the projected $8.7 million – comes from sales tax within the city.

The current city council, which took office in late 2020, has made a concerted effort to pay more attention to the city’s finances and the budgeting process. The council has reached out to the city’s department heads and included them in the process in a hands-on manner, working to have expenses and needs more clearly defined.

Because of those efforts many departments came in under budget in 2021, and the city saw a surplus of over $1 million dollars for the fiscal year.

The surplus projections are more modest for the upcoming year, but the city is also planning to spend grant money on widespread repaving projects throughout the city starting next year. There are also plans for renovations to city hall, the Randolph County Historical Museum and the new headquarters for the police department, as well as the construction of a new parking lot on the empty lot next to city hall.

The council passed the budget with a 5-0-1 vote, with council member Tammi Holley abstaining.

The city’s budget is public record. A copy can be obtained at city hall.

Water works building sold

The council accepted the higher of two bids for the old water works building near the railroad tracks on Government Street. The building has been abandoned for years and was deemed a nuisance property by the city earlier this year.

Trans-Vaughn Development Corp., which is based out of Newnan, Ga., submitted the higher bid at $15,016, which the council unanimously accepted.

According to Roanoke Mayor Jill Patterson-Hicks, the building will likely be torn down.

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