TRANSITIONING TO NEW SITE: The Town of Spring Lake is PROUD to announce that our website will soon have a new look and feel! In the meantime, there will be a few things that may not be kept updated as we work to complete the new site. If you find a page or information that appears to be outdated or incomplete and you need more information, please feel free to contact the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 497-3390 x1601 and they will provide you with any information you may need. We appreciate your patience as we continue to strive to improve communications for Spring Lake. We anticipate the new site going live late July or early August at the latest. Drop in from time to time to get "glimpses" of what is to come. Get excited!
INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY CLOSING: The town of Spring Lake will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of Independence Day (the 4th of July Holiday.) This includes all Town Departments. Fire and Police will maintain operational shifts throughout the holiday. Yard debris and bulk pick up will NOT occur on the holiday but every effort will be made to incorporate all routes throughout the rest of the work week. The Spring Lake bus will NOT run on the holiday. Recycling & household trash pick up WILL run on its regular schedule on the holiday. If you need to report a water or sewer emergency, please call (910) 497-3390.
Town of Spring Lake Passes Budget for FY2017-2018: June 19, 2017 (Spring Lake, NC). The Town's Board of Aldermen voted to approve the Town's
Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 during a regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017. The Budget of$12,933,671.00 represents a 2.2% increase over the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget. Passage of this Budget will enable the Town to continue providing basic Town services to residences and businesses. Although the Town is faced with a number of potentially significant financial challenges in the coming year, the Board voted to maintain the current tax rate of$0.70 per $100.00 valuation of property. Key impacts to the upcoming budget include the following: rate increases for treated water supplied to the Town by both Fayetteville PWC (3.4%) and Harnett County (5.0%), a 9% increase in health care costs provided by the Town for employees, a reduction of $78,000.00 in revenue due to the recent revaluation of residential and commercial properties, and several residual issues remaining from damages and claims associated with Hurricane Matthew. To offset some of the impacts mentioned above, the Town will take deliberate actions to maximize the use of available dollars, to include the following: eliminate the impact of rising health care costs by shifting to a lower cost health care plan sanctioned by the North Carolina
League of Municipalities, funding a water and sewer study to better understand the rising costs of these services and to determine if a water/sewer rate increase is warranted down the road, and reduce the cost of replacement computers via a short term leasing option with a built in service program.
Additionally, the Town will use a combination of General Fund, Water and Sewer Fund, and Storm water Fund Balance dollars to retire $832,182.20 in debt. This initiative will not only reduce longer term costs and associated interest payments, but in the short term provide an additional $272,760.70 in available dollars to further offset a number of the increases in costs during the coming year. Even with the debt payoff, the Fund Balances for each account will remain above 30% for each of the 3 fund balances mentioned above. Additional highlights ofthe Budget include a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all Town employees that will begin on January 8, 2018 (during the 3rd Quarter of the Fiscal Year), reductions in the costs for Community Center memberships, and a $1.50 convenience fee that
will be levied for online payments by residents in conjunction with their water/sewer bill each month. The reduction in the cost of Community Center memberships was recommended as a mechanism to increase both resident and non-resident use of Town facilities. The convenience fee was identified as a means to offset the amount of bank processing fees and transaction charges currently being subsidized by the Town."This was an extremely challenging budget process for the Board and the Town Staff', remarked Mayor Chris Rey, "But I could not be more proud of our accomplishments on pulling this together on behalf of our residents and local business owners."