Beaufort City Council has a full agenda of meetings tonight, including a public hearing on the 2014 fiscal year budget and approving land purchase for a new Mossy Oaks fire station.
The meetings start with a 5 p.m., closed-door meeting , followed by a work session. The public hearing and regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m. All meetings will be at City Hall, 1911 Boundary St.
City Council has been discussing revenue and expenses for next fiscal year for the last several months. Last month, city staff recommended council levy two new fees.
A $40 fee for all vehicles registered in the city would be used to pay for street maintenance. Property owners who don't have to pay property taxes -- such as non-profits, churches and schools -- would pay a public-service fee equal to 0.1 percent of a property's appraised value. The money would be used to support emergency-response services.
The proposed budget is available on the city's website.
City Council also is considering in closed-door meetings buying land for a new, small, neighborhood station in Mossy Oaks to replace the existing, aging building.
The site has not been made public.
Construction is expected to move quickly once the land is purchased because the city has about $2.2 million from bond sales that must be used by summer. Otherwise, the city could face penalties or have to return it.
The closed door meeting Tuesday is to discuss contractual issues and the purchase of property.
The work session will include discussions on revenue for next year and revisions to parking rules.
The public hearing will also include rezoning of 1001 Hamar St. and amendments to ordinances about sidewalks and off-street parking.
Council is expected to vote on rezoning 1001 Hamar Street, which needs a second vote to go into effect.
Council will also vote on a contract for engineering services for the expanded day dock in downtown and on purchasing property.
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Plans heat up for new Mossy Oaks fire station, Jan. 21, 2013