Lake Lure Community Forum

Building a Better Tomorrow, Today

  

The Lake Lure Town Council held three Community Forums on 7/28/20 at the lake Lure Classical Academy Gymnatorium.  The meetings were held at 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, and 6-8pm.  The School nurse took everyone's temperature before they entered the school.  Everyone wore face coverings and all seats were physically distant from each other for safety. 

The Town is moving forward with an extensive plan for Lake Lure Dam renovations, Sewer System rehabilitation, and Lake maintenance.  Protecting and maintaining our community requires an aggressive plan to foster federal and state support, promote partnerships, and increase tax payer investments to set the conditions for our long-term success. The Town has addressed these issues with our FY20-21 Budget; however, these projects will be funded one budget at a time over many years to come.

We have partnered with the best engineering firms available and have worked closely with state agencies to develop a long-term infrastructure plan. The Town is working to fund the plan from multiple sources.  We are implementing efficiency measures to mitigate the financial stresses on local taxes and user fees, but more is required. Higher Lake use fees, water and sewer rates, and taxes are required to build capital reserves and provide vital seed money for infrastructure repair/rehabilitation.  These subjects were addressed during the meeting, followed by a question and answer session. 

These specific questions were highlighted during the presentations:

1. What rates are going up? Property Taxes, Utility Rates, and Lake Use Fees  

2. What critical repairs are needed? Dam, Sewer, and Dredging  

3. Why repairs must be made now? Avoid Infrastructure Collapse, Remain A Viable Community, and Implement State Mandates  

4. Why rates must increase? Repairs and maintenance are not optional and must be made. We must pay for repairs/maintenance. We have to pay our share while seeking state and federal funding. 

We appreciate everyone's support and participation in the meeting.  If you were unable to attend the meeting, please see the following links:

If you have any questions, please contact Communications Specialist Laura Krejci at 828-625-9983, extension 103.