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Creedmoor trims $100K more from budget

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CREEDMOOR — City commissioners continued to whittle away at the annual budget during a Monday specially called meeting at city hall.

Several members of the Board of Commissioners said a $3.8 million first draft of the budget, which took $190,000 from the city’s savings, was not lean enough. The board asked City Manager Korena Weichel to make cuts to trim the amount of fund balance used in the budget.

On Monday, Weichel proposed more than $100,000 in cuts, including removing a contract with a consultant to develop a transition plan for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. By developing that plan in-house, the city could save $40,000.

An additional $34,000 in cost savings could come from delaying the hiring of a new police officer by several months.

The commissioners approved those changes to the proposed budget.

In addition, the board agreed to keep funding of the Creedmoor Volunteer Fire Department at current levels until audit results are reviewed, saving $4,200.

Canceling this year’s July fireworks show reduced costs by $16,500.

The board also signed off on cutting the travel budget for elected officials in half, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saving $9,000.

Another $3,000 in savings came from cutting a subscription for livestreaming services.

Weichel told commissioners that the N.C. Department of Transportation may cut its budget up to 25%. That would reduce the amount of funding for municipalities. Creedmoor expects to receive about $29,000 less from the state as a result.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, commissioners agreed to increase recreation programming by $2,000. The increase is to help prepare programming for children aged 13 to 18.

Several commissioners agreed that young people repeatedly complain that there is nothing to do in Creedmoor. Commissioners want to be able to provide them with something worthwhile once the Community Center is open, they said.

Weichel will make tweaks to the budget and have it ready for presentation at the June 2 meeting.