Strasburg to see water and sewer costs increase, not taxes

STRASBURG–Town property owners will not see an increase in tax rates, but will pay for an increase in water and sewer costs under a budget draft for fiscal year 2018 that was presented to the Town Council Monday night.

In the draft, there will be a two percent cost increase in water and a five percent cost increase in the sewer rate. Director of Finance Dottie Mullins also said that there will be no increase in trash and recycling, and that water and sewer availability fees will remain the same.

Mullins and Town Manager Ryan Spitzer attributed the increases to a renewed effort to catch up to the debt postponement from the upgrade to the town’s wastewater treatment plant in 2013. At that time, the council decided to decrease the amount the citizens had to pay by 10 percent, so now the town plans to fulfill the debt with the increase.

“This will be the first year we’ll have a full year of debt payment on the wastewater treatment plant,” Mullins said.

Spitzer asked that the council consider a tax increase for the next fiscal year to help fund a new business park. Councilman Don Le Vine, who chairs the finance committee, said that later this year they will begin looking into the funding options for the business park.

The town also plans on purchasing a new replacement police vehicle, and public works will be buying two one-ton trucks in fiscal year 2018. Phase three of the Downtown Utility and Streetscape project and the Community Development Block Grant downtown revitalization project are expected to be completed in this fiscal year.

The Town Council is set to hold a public hearing on the budget during its next meeting on May 9. Council will vote on adopting the budget at the June 13 council meeting.

Contact staff writer Briahnna Brown at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or bbrown@nvdaily.com