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Roanoke Rapids City Council Monday night agreed by consensus to move forward with its budget for the upcoming fiscal year and to hold a public hearing on the matter at its June 16 meeting at Lloyd Andrews City Meeting Hall.

Time of the meeting is 5:15 p.m. Council is also set to vote on whether to adopt the financial plan after listening to any concerns registered by citizens.

Monday night, using the Zoom format to comply with social distancing and limits on gatherings due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, council held a budget work session to go over the document, which contains no tax increase and pulls $60,000 from fund balance.

While some parts of the meeting were inaudible due to a glitch, much of the discussion centered around the possibility of increasing user fees at the Aquatic Center which will remain operational for its normal activities and will take the place of the outdoor pool in light of the anticipated short season it would be open due to the executive orders imposed by the governor.

Parks and recreation Director John Simeon said he would provide a suggested fee schedule to council by its next meeting.

The proposed budget recommended by City Manager Joseph Scherer is lean and includes no major capital equipment purchases; no grants requiring a major match amount; no training and travel expenses with the exception of training to secure a license or professional certification; and no voluntary contributions to agencies or committees.

The revenue side of the budget is expected to be impacted by COVID-19 and Scherer budgeted sales and use tax income at a neutral level.

There is $190,000 in revenues expected from CARES Act funding because of pandemic expenditures and anticipated revenue losses.