The first half of the final Chapel Hill Town Council meeting Monday brought heavily debated projects to a close.
The council unanimously approved the town’s budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan and amendments to the Land Use Ordinance for the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods.
New budget for 2012-13 approved
The council’s approval of the budget came with only one major change: a previously-proposed half-cent sales tax increase to cover rising transit costs will instead be covered by a transfer from the general fund.
Town Manager Roger Stancil said it should be recognized that after four years in a recession, the council has not raised taxes or reduced the services they provide.
“I think you should be proud that the town of Chapel Hill has made it through that recession without raising the tax rate in town,” Stancil said.
The approved budget also includes a 3 percent increase in town employee salaries.
Chapel Hill 2020 final draft approved
By far, the most heavily discussed topic Monday was the final draft of the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan. For two hours, residents and council members voiced their opinions on the plan.