Middletown mayor predicts no tax increase

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown administrators are working to complete the town budget.

“It is pretty much on schedule to be approved at the June meeting,” Town Manager Rebecca Layman told council members in attendance at the Monday night work session.

Middletown on average works with a budget of around $2.5 million, said Mayor Charles Harbaugh, who has been working on the budget with Layman.

“I foresee eight straight years of no tax increase,” Harbaugh said.

Meals tax and personal tax revenue are up, which will be a big help, Layman said. One department that is of concern is the sewer department, which is aging and beginning to require a lot of repairs and maintenance.

The town has growth projected as the Village of Middletown,  a 180-single-family-homes subdivision that will also include commercial space. It is being built on about 60 acres of land near Lord Fairfax Community College.

The town is planning for the additional services that will be needed and is not yet accounting for any revenue.

Members at the work session also honored ThermoFisher Scientific and John Schueler, the new vice president of OEM & Contract Manufacturing Clinical Diagnostic Division, with a plaque.

The company donated $15,000 to the development of Middletown’s new youth sports field. The donation secured the company naming rights to the field, now knowns as ThermoFisher Scientific Field.

“We want to be good citizens of Middletown and a partner to the town,” Schueler said.

Schueler told members that he has directed the company to begin different capital improvement projects, including putting in a backup generator that cost a couple million dollars that can run the entire plant as well as improvements to the plant’s wastewater processing systems — including a tank to hold liquid from the plant, allowing it to settle and be treated, before it is released into the town’s system.

Harbaugh said after the meeting that Schueler read about the field in the paper and, interested in helping, approached him. Schueler also wanted to know what other projects the town had going on.