It’s still happening: Rolesville is growing, and fast.
Rolesville has been the fastest-growing town in North Carolina since 2010, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.
An estimated 5,785 people lived in Rolesville last July 1, nearly 52 percent more than in 2010. The northeast Wake County town, which had about 570 residents in 1990, is now larger than Zebulon.
As Rolesville grows, so does its budget. Town leaders are considering a proposed $6.2 million spending plan for the coming year. In 2010, the town’s budget was $3.3 million.
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About 19 percent of the proposed budget would be used to create a public works department for the town. Currently, Rolesville hires contractors to do things like cut grass and hang signs.
The budget plan calls for hiring two public works employees and buying equipment such as mowers and tools.
“Residents are moving from towns that have had their own public works department,” said Rolesville Town Manager Bryan Hicks. “There’s more of an expectation to have a good, professional, clean-looking town.”
As more people move to Rolesville, Hicks said, contractors can’t always keep up with the work in a timely manner. Sometimes, town staff members pitch in to help.
“Creating a public works department gives us a little more control over the time and efficiency of doing the public works responsibilities,” Hicks said.
The proposed budget does not call for a property tax increase. The rate would hold steady at 44 cents per $100 of assessed value.
That’s 4 cents higher than Raleigh’s current rate and 8 cents lower than Wake Forest’s rate.
In his budget memo, Hicks said it’s possible to keep the tax rate steady because of increased residential growth. Most of Rolesville’s tax base comes from residential development, not commercial, which nets more revenue.
Mayor Frank Eagles said he expects the town will attract more commercial growth once the bypass of U.S. 1 through town is complete.
“We’re stretching that dollar as good as you can do,” Eagles said of the budget.
Under the spending plan, Rolesville would update some technology for the police department and buy body cameras. The town would also add a school resource officer to the department.
Money from the budget would also go toward greenways and improvements to parks.
“We’re very happy with where Rolesville is right now,” Hicks said. “I don’t know where we’d be without this growth.”
Staff writers Richard Stradling and David Raynor contributed to this report.
Other big-growth towns
Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that North Carolina’s largest metropolitan areas and towns along the coast and in the mountains continue to attract new residents.
In addition to Rolesville, five other Wake County towns – Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Knightdale and Wake Forest – are among the top 10 fastest-growing towns in the state since 2010, all growing by more than 20 percent.
Staff writers Richard Stradling and David Raynor