According to the Rocky Mount Telegram we will likely see a 7% increase in our electric and gas bills while sewer charges will increase by 5%. The City of Rocky Mount is piling on the fees and increases to citizens instead of cutting the budget by the $2.3 million shortfall due to legislation from Raleigh.
As if that is not enough, the City Manager is proposing pay raises for city employees ranging between 3% to 9% (3% adjustment to pay grade; 2.5% to 4% pay-for-performance increase; and 2% increase for employees with at least one year of service). Keep in mind city employees, while deserving, had the opportunity to receive a 2% merit pay increase in 2010. I’m willing to wager that most citizens, who have jobs, have not experienced much if anypay increases since 2008.
The train has left the station on the proposed event center. It is going to require a substantial property tax increase to pay for the amortized debt (mortgage) and a strain to future budgets when projections are not met.
How much more can we handle? Should we waive the white flag of surrender? Please someone help us!
President – The Community Council