Board sets tax rate for sanitary district

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County leaders set the special tax rate for a new sanitary district Tuesday.

The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the proposed sanitary district tax rate of $450 per lot for the Lake Front Royal Sanitary District. No one spoke during the public hearing held on the tax rate.

Property owners in the Lake Front Royal Sanitary District currently pay $600 per lot, improved or unimproved. The sanitary district tax bill due Dec. 5 will reflect the new lot fee. Owners will pay their sanitary district taxes in two installments on Dec. 5 and June 5, 2017.

The $450 lot fee includes the base amount for road and facility maintenance and $150 earmarked for the Lake Front Drive project. The property owners association had charged $300 as a base tax and $300 earmarked for the Lake Front Road project.

Supervisors will need to wait until its meeting in November to take action on the district’s proposed fiscal 2017 budget of $144,585, County Administrator Doug Stanley told the board. The budget includes $45,785 toward the Lake Front Drive Rural Addition Project the subdivision began developing with the Virginia Department of Transportation. The project, which calls for improving the road into the subdivision, is estimated to cost $175,000. The subdivision had collected $107,000 toward the project.

Stanley said it would take an extra year to collect the revenue needed to complete the Lake Front Road project at the lower tax rate.

The Warren County Circuit Court issued an order Jan. 21 establishing the Lake Front Royal Sanitary District. The district consists of 358 lots. The Lake Front Royal Property Owners Association declined to enter into an agreement with the Board of Supervisors to manage the sanitary district. The association plans to run the subdivision until Dec. 31 then turn over maintenance of the roads and common areas to the county.

The county submitted a cost-sharing application for $700,000 for the improvement of the 0.14-mile section of Lake Front Road to state standards through the Virginia Department of Transportation rural addition program. The subdivision will be responsible for 25 percent of the project cost or $175,000.

Also at the meeting:
• Approved a request from Crooked Run North LLC to rezone two lots totaling approximately 0.04 of an acre, located at U.S. 340-522 North, from residential to commercial. No one spoke during the public hearing on the request.
• Approved a request by Noah and Rita Rutledge for a conditional-use permit for private camping on approximately 2 acres off Rivermont Acres Road in the Fiddlers Green subdivision. No one spoke during the public hearing on the request.
• Adopted an ordinance to vacate a portion of the existing right-of-way platted as Lookout Drive. No one spoke during the public hearing on the matter.
• Adopted a resolution, drafted by bond counsel Daniel Siegel, to refund a principal amount not to exceed $12 million of the 2011B Virginia Resources Authority Bonds with a minimum net present value savings of 7 percent. The resolution authorizes the bond sale only if the net present value savings reaches a minimum of 7 percent.
• Approved the fiscal 2018 cost-sharing program that prioritizes the projects the county would pursue with the Virginia Department of Transportation. Projects are matched dollar for dollar up to $10 million. The project list includes improvements to Cauthorn Mill Road, Old Oak Lane Phase IV, Fishnet Boulevard at the entrance to Rockland Park, Young’s Drive Phase II and Crooked Run Boulevard Extension
• Awarded a contract to MC Design for renovations to the Health and Human Services Building bathrooms in the gymnasium at a price of $115,435
Accepted a deed of dedication of permanent sign easement from Third Generation L.P. for property at the corner of U.S. 340-522 and Country Club Road

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com.