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Trash rates unchanged in Mount Jackson budget

By Ryan Cornell

MOUNT JACKSON -- Town Council approved its budget for the next fiscal year after bidding adieu to two of its members at a meeting Tuesday.

The fiscal 2015 budget totals about $6.43 million, a half-million more than its current budget, and includes a general fund of $1.9 million, capital projects fund of $1.7 million, enterprise fund covering water, sewer and sanitation of $2.7 million and an equipment replacement fund of $136,400.

Town Manager Kevin Fauber said the only change in the budge, which proposed increasing trash and refuse fees, from the draft presented at a public hearing last month is a lower contract price with the trash service company, American Disposal Services.

"We've decided to hold the rates at the current levels," he said. "The draft has a percentage increase, I believe about 1.4 cents, so we've decided to keep the rates the same -- residential: $11.20 per month; commercial: $13.35 -- everything else pretty much stays the same that was in the ordinance drafted."

The fiscal 2015 budget ordinance was approved 6-0.

The council also unanimously approved a resolution determining the town's contribution for staff employees to the Virginia Retirement System as 11.25 percent.

At the meeting, Emmart Oil Co. was awarded the contract for diesel fuel and non-ethanol unleaded gasoline, effective July 1.

Fauber said the town received two bids from fuel companies with the bid prices coming in "extremely close."

The fuel and gasoline bid was approved 5-0, with councilman Todd Holtzman abstaining.

Town Council also recognized Kay Whetzel and Holtzman for their years of service, and whose terms have come to a close after a combined 36 years. Roger A. Rudy and Whitney J. Sperry Miller are filling their seats.

Whetzel chose not to seek re-election after 20 years of serving the town.

Holtzman, who served on the council for 16 years, failed to receive enough votes to keep his seat in last month's election.

"I once boasted I was going to infiltrate the local town gang that was calling themselves the Kings of Destruction and take them down from within," Holtzman joked. "So maybe now, I'll have some extra time."

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com

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