North Augusta City Council plans to vote on final reading of 2019 budget

November 19, 2018

North Augusta City Council members will be voting on the third and final reading of the city’s 2019 budget, as well as Council election dates and annexation, at their next meeting Monday, Nov. 19.

Council members will begin their meeting with old business. First, they will vote on the third and final reading of the 2019 fiscal year budget, and the third and final reading of an ordinance setting property tax. This year’s budget does not raise taxes or rates, and the property tax would be set at 73.5 mills.

Council members will also vote on the third and final reading of an ordinance granting an easement to Wide Open West Inc. to place facilities in Riverside Village. Wide Open West is an internet, cable and phone business.

Next, Council members will consider a petition from Felix and Forrest McKie for the annexation of a portion of land off Pisgah Road and Five Notch Road where a gas station is located. If the petition is accepted, Council will then vote on the first of three readings of an ordinance that would annex the property into the city.

Council will also set the dates for filing and election of City Council.

Three North Augusta City Council members’ seats – Bob Brooks, Ken McDowell and Jimmy Adams – expire in 2019. Council will vote on the first two of three readings that would set the election date for April 30, 2019.

Potential candidates submit entries into party primaries between Jan. 8, 2019, and Jan. 15, 2019; and primary elections would be set for Feb. 12, 2019, if the ordinance is passed.

The city’s bond referendum alongside the Capital Projects Sales Tax IV vote passed, and Council will vote Monday on a resolution that would officially declare the results. The bond referendum asked North Augusta voters only if the city could issue bonds worth $10.25 million to pay for a new headquarters of North Augusta Department of Public Safety. An additional resolution would be needed to actually issue the bonds, according to the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

Council members will also vote on the first two of three readings of an ordinance that would rezone around 67.57 acres of land owned by the Summers Family Trust along Austin Graybill Road. According to the agenda, the North Augusta Planning Commission voted to recommend that City Council rezone the property from medium lot residential to mixed residential.

During the meeting, North Augusta Mayor Bob Pettit will make an Arbor Day proclamation.

Before the meeting, Council will hold executive session. The reason for the executive session is listed on the agenda as “related to property owned by the City specifically referred to as Northview Park.”

North Augusta City Council will meet at 6 p.m. for the study session, and 7 p.m. for the regular meeting. The meeting will take place on the third floor of the North Augusta municipal building at 100 Georgia Ave.

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