New tax rate and fees begin in Statesville



July 1, 2019 is the start of a new fiscal year for thousands of local governments, covering operations and services through June 30, 2020. For the City of Statesville, the new year brings about the implementation of several changes in the City’s fee and rate schedule which were approved by City Council in the 2019-2020 annual budget.

Statesville’s ad valorem tax rate was increased 6.67 cents, raising the rate from 48.11 cents to 54.78 cents per $100 valuation. For a property owner with a $100,000 home, this tax rate equates to a payment of $66.70 annually or $5.56 per month.

Beginning in July, City property owners will be charged a new Stormwater Fee to fund the City’s Stormwater Utility Management Program. The new Stormwater Fee will appear as a $4.70 charge on residential utility bills. Properties with larger impervious areas (industrial, commercial, churches, schools) will be charged a higher fee. The charge will be included in the utility bill. If the property is not currently a utility customer, a separate bill will be sent monthly. More information on this is available on the City’s website.

Water and Sewer rates will go up effective July 1st; the water rate by 3 per cent and sewer rate by 3.5 per cent. For 1,000 cubic feet (or 7,500 gallons), this is a .94 cent monthly increase in water fees and $1.71 for sewer fees.

The Electric Rate is unchanged.

In the Recreation and Parks Department, the afterschool weekly fees were increased to cover the rising costs of the program, making it now $150 a semester for residents and $200 a semester for non-residents. Guests at the Statesville Leisure Pool will see a change in the daily entry fee for day swim of $5 per person (ages 1 and over) and free for guests under 1 year in age. Evening swim fees have also changed, with ages 1 and over paying $3 and guests under 1 are free.

Other changes in the Recreation and Parks fees can be found on the City’s website.

The Fire Department Inspections fees have also risen slightly.

For more information on the City’s 2019-2020 budget, please contact Chris Tucker at

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