Mount Jackson Town Council to consider utility rate hikes

Mount Jackson leaders plan to adopt the town’s next budget and set utility tax rates tonight.

Town Council holds its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal office. The council is expected to vote to adopt the fiscal 2019 budget along with rates on taxes and utilities. The proposed rates show no changes for taxes on real estate and personal property as well as the town’s levies on machinery and tools, cigarettes and meals.

The town has proposed increases in the fees charged for utilities. The proposal includes an increase in the fee charged for water use from $13.90 for the minimum 2,000 gallons and $6.95 for each additional 1,000 gallons to $14.20 for the minimum and $7.10 per additional 1,000 gallons.

The town also has proposed an increase in the sewer rate fee from $24.40 for the 2,000-gallon minimum and $12.20 per additional 1,000 gallons to $24.90 for the minimum and $12.45 per additional 1,000 gallons.

Officials provided a chart to council members comparing Mount Jackson’s proposed fees and taxes to those of other towns. Some towns use different base minimum amounts, and Mount Jackson’s rates fall toward the lower end of the list. Mount Jackson officials also tout that the monthly bill for town users will be the lowest in the county.

The proposed fiscal 2019 budget calls for the town to spend $2.13 million in its general fund. That reflects a decrease in spending compared to the current budget general fund of $2.27 million. The proposed budget includes the town’s enterprise fund covering utilities of $2.17 million; capital projects fund of $1.59 million; and $150,100 in equipment replacement fund.

Tax rates remain unchanged under the proposed budget ordinance: 14 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate and 80 cents per $100 of assessed value on personal property.