By Alex Bridges -- email@example.com
Strasburg residents won't see a real estate tax rate increase next fiscal year but will pay more for trash pickup beginning July 1.
Town Council voted 7-1 at their meeting Tuesday to approve the fiscal 2013 budget of $9.3 million as proposed by Town Manager Judson Rex. Councilman John "Red" Hall Jr. voted against the measure. Council voted the same way for a resolution to appropriate the funds as delineated in the budget.
The spending plan does not call for an increase in the rates for real estate and personal property taxes for the fiscal year, according to Finance Director Dottie Mullins.
Also at the meeting, Town Council voted 7-1 to approve a request from Long Enterprises to increase the refuse collection charges. Hall also voted against the measure. The motion increases the monthly per-household rate for trash and recycling collection by 2.87 percent -- from $6.55 to $6.74 for trash, and from $2 to $2.06 for recycling.
Resolutions setting the town's employer and member contribution rates for participation in the Virginia Retirement System also passed 7-1, with Hall casting the lone dissenting vote.
A motion sets the employer contribution rate for the town at 9.25 percent effective July 1. The second motion requires town employees to pay 1 percent of their credible compensation to the VRS beginning July 1. The requirement would be offset by a 1-percent pay increase.
Council also passed a resolution authorizing the town to buy water as well as easements and property for a sewer pump station proposed for the north side of Signal Knob Drive. The purchase of the real estate and easements from King Plumbing and Heating Inc., and to appropriate the funds for the purchase from the contingency line item of the general fund in the town budget passed unanimously.
Also at the meeting, council appointed the following people to the maintenance code board of appeals: Devin Adkins, Bill Foster, Russell Munyan Jr., Seth Newman, Adam Sharpe and L. Carlyle Swafford.