Edinburg Council adopts budget

EDINBURG — Town Council unanimously adopted its proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year Tuesday evening.

The budget for the July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 term saw the town’s total general fund increase about $25,000 from the $813,833 amount in the 2015-16 budget before amendment.

As for the enterprise fund for the 2016-17, the budget has increased quite a bit from the $563,600 last year to $620,039 this year.

Water and sewer rates will stay the same as in the 2015-16 amended budget. That amended budget included water rate increases that were approved by Town Council at the end of March at an emergency meeting. Water rates increased by $2 from $24.75 to $26.75 per month for 0-3,000 gallons for in-town customers. For out of town customers, the price per month for the same range of water usage increased by about $3 to $40.13.

Customers also saw sewer rates increase. Any sewer usage from 0-3,000 gallons in town now costs $27, up from $24. Out-of-town customers now pay $40.50 for the same range of usage, an increase from $36.

Property, personal and vehicle licensing taxes will remain unchanged.

Captain Wes Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported that officers made 347 calls to service in the month of May.

Dellinger also explained how the Sheriff’s Office has discussed increased patrols around Edinburg’s park and pool as a result of increased traffic and to mitigate the potential for “mischief”.

Construction on Stony Creek’s rain garden at Edinburg Mill began and was successful, said Mayor Dan Harshman.

“Construction along Stony Creek at the Edinburg Mill went well,” Harshman said. “Everybody is going to back to work on Monday, June 20 to do the planting. 3,000 plants will be going into that garden, most are going to be planted that day.”

Preliminary work on the old C.E. Thompson building began in preparation for its demolition in order to build the town’s new Dollar General store.  External parts like siding have been salvaged to repair buildings in the town including the Edinburg Mill and the old town hall building.

Council also held its first reading of an ordinance that would establish late fees and citations for failing to purchase a town decal. The proposed fees would include a late fee of $10 for any resident who did not purchase a decal before the March 1 deadline. Those who fail to purchase a decal within a 30 day grace period after that deadline will be charged $25 in addition to the $10 late fee.

Harshman explained how a citizen would go about paying those fines.

“Such fines shall be issued as a parking citation payable at the town office along with the $10 late penalty and the decal purchase price,” said Harshman. “We’ll have a second reading at our next meeting.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com