Travelers Rest approves $8M budget with no tax increase: City Council notes

Here’s a recap of the June 20 meeting of Travelers Rest City Council.

Final approval: 2024-25 fiscal year budget

Council gave final approval of the city’s more than $8.07 million operation budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year, which features no tax increases and a 4% cost-of-living increase for all city employees.

The budget includes spending for:

  • Poinsett Center Street Streetscape — over $2.6 million
  • Tubbs Mountain parking lot — $200,000
  • Sidewalk projects — $40,000
  • One fire department pickup truck
  • One electric Ford Mustang for the police department
  • Police weapons and body armor

Final approval: Funding, memorandum of understanding for parking lot

Council gave final approval to a memorandum of understanding with the Travelers Rest Historical Society to support the construction of a parking lot at 501 Old Buncombe Road.

Under the agreement, the city will be able to use the parking lot at Spring Park Inn for public parking.

The city will also contribute $215,000 reallocated from its 2024-25 budget to support the project with $103,000 coming from the gazebo-area pocket park project and $22,000 moved from the city’s capital fund.

Initial approval: Change to The Villas of North Valley development

Council gave initial approval to change The Villas of North Valley, an 87-home age-restricted community on 49.63 acres at 129 and 132 E. Bowers Road.

Originally, they had eight lots that were closer to Coleman Road but they relocated the sites into the developable area, which increases the open space, said Travelers Rest Planning Director Jay Martin.

This item will go before the City Council for final approval July 18.

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