Pembroke officials said at a budget workshop Monday they don’t plan on raising taxes.
"I have no inclination to increase the millage rate," Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook said at the outset of the workshop, which was held at City Hall. "I think we can work within what we have."
Cook and city council members, along with City Administrator Frank Etheridge and City Clerk Betty Hill, then proceeded to go line by line through a projected $1.6 million budget for Fiscal Year 2010, which begins in October.
While no formal action was taken, $100,000 initially slated for demolition of dilapadated properties has already been cut from the budget, according to Etheridge.
Other potential cuts include $30,000 for renovations to the Tos Theater, and city council members questioned the $60 a pop proposed for badges and safety vests for Pembroke Fire Department volunteers, saying they could be bought for less.
Despite Pembroke’s plan to avoid a tax hike, property taxes for residents will go up due to state, school and county increases.