State laws could put the bite on Asheville’s budget.
Tax changes were discussed during a scheduled item about the fiscal year 2015-2016 city fees and charges at the April 14 City Council meeting. The changes being pushed in the N.C. Senate are designed to help businesses statewide and would bump up poorer counties but leave a potential $3 million deficit for Asheville, said Council members.
“When the leadership in Raleigh said, ‘We’ll fix you,’ we know what they meant by it,” said Council member Cecil Bothwell.
He was referring to state lawmakers plans to eliminate business privilege license fees on July 1 — fees that had generated about $1.5 million for the city. The deficit could potentially cut into the city’s $100 million general fund.
In new business, a resolution was passed that will make it easier for Henderson County to sell about 137 acres to Buncombe County along Ferry Road. The two counties entered into an interlocal agreement in April 2014 with the land, and Henderson County now wants to sell it.
The resolution waived the caveat that proceeds from the sale be used for a law enforcement training center that is no longer needed by Henderson County.
Here is the City Council’s full action agenda:
THIS ACTION AGENDA IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. Authority to carry out actions related to any council decision
should be obtained through normal departmental procedure.
Please call the City Clerk’s office at 259-5601 if you have any questions.
Present: Mayor Esther E. Manheimer, Presiding; Vice-Mayor Marc H. Hunt; Councilman Cecil Bothwell; Councilman Jan
B. Davis; Councilman Christopher A. Pelly; Councilman Gordon D. Smith; Councilwoman Gwen C. Wisler; City
Manager Gary Jackson; City Attorney Robin T. Currin; and City Clerk Magdalen Burleson
ITEM AND SUMMARY ACTION
Budget amendments (1) in the amount of $10,860, from the WNC Veterans’ Memorial Fund
held by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, for maintenance and repair
of the WNC Veterans’ Memorial located in Pack Square Park; and (2) in the amount of $5,000,
from BB&T, for community service workday materials in Carrier Park. Adopted Unanimously
Resolution adopting the Bond Order authorizing authorizing the issuance of Water System
Revenue Refunding Bonds. Adopted Unanimously
Resolution providing for the sale of the 2015 Refunding Bonds and setting the terms and
conditions upon which the 2015 Refunding Bonds will be sold. Adopted Unanimously
Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Code Studio to
develop a Form Based Code for the Greater River Arts District. Adopted Unanimously
Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Threshold Acoustics LLC
for Acoustical and Structural Analysis of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Adopted Unanimously
Budget amendment, in the amount of $60,000, to redirect funding from the US Cellular Center
Capital Fund to the US Cellular Center Operating Fund to fund the Acoustical and Structural
Analysis Contract of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Adopted Unanimously
Legislative Update Heard Update
Public hearing to consider amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance to include
reasonable accommodation procedures. Adopted Unanimously
Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute any and all documents necessary to amend the
Interlocal Agreement with Henderson County and effectuate the sale of the Ferry Road
property to Buncombe County. Adopted Unanimously
Ordinance adopting the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Fees & Charges. Adopted Unanimously
Boards & Commissions: (Council to determine who, if any, to interview)
– Civil Service Board – Application deadline extended to May 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Deadline Extended
To 5-6-15 at 5 p.m.
– HUB Community Economic Development Alliance Interviews