The Argyle Town Council has approved the 2023-2024 budget, a fiscal plan that reduces the tax rate for property owners while investing in public safety, supporting town employees and improving the quality of life for all Argyle residents.
"This budget reflects our commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community and continuing to make Argyle a great place to live, work and raise a family," said Mayor Rick Bradford. "At the same time, we have once again accomplished these goals while lowering the tax rate for property owners."
Town Administrator Erika McComis said the budget was carefully crafted through diligent planning and collaboration with the council and town staff.
"We have included several important changes and investments in our operations that are aimed at benefiting all members of our town," she said. "The input of the entire community is a key to developing a comprehensive budget that addresses our core needs as well as planning for the future."
Among the budget highlights:
- A tax rate of $0.34 per $100 valuation, a two-cent reduction over the previous year and the fourth consecutive year the Town has lowered its tax rate.
- A 3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase for employees, in recognition of the hard work and dedication of town employees and to remain competitive in today's workforce market.
- An additional officer for the Argyle Police Department, a move designed to ensure the safety and security of the community by strengthening the police force. Additional staff will improve response times and help maintain a safe environment for all residents.
- Allocation of $500,000 for the proposed Law Enforcement Center. The funds will be used to acquire land and for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art law enforcement center. This investment will equip our law enforcement agencies with the resources they need to better serve and protect the community.
- Allocation of funds to support monthly luncheons for Argyle seniors, recognizing the valuable contributions of these residents and encouraging community engagement through social interaction, entertainment and healthy meals.
- Financial support for local charitable organizations whose work plays a significant role in helping maintain the community's rural feel and overall quality of life.
Mayor Bradford stressed the approval of the budget signifies the council and staff's dedication to the betterment of Argyle and the well-being of its residents.
"We encourage our residents to stay engaged and participate in town meetings where we work to shape the future of our community," he said. "Resident input is invaluable to the council, and together we can continue to make our town an even better place to live, work and raise a family."