Edinburg approves budget

Smokers will be the only citizens affected by a tax increase in the Town of Edinburg’s recently approved budget.

A 25-cent cigarette tax increase serves as the budget’s lone tax increase. According to previous reports, Mayor Daniel Harshman said this increase is expected to generate $35,000 annually.

Tax rates that will remain flat include the real estate tax, which is 19 cents per $100 of assessed value, and the personal property tax, which is $1.08 per $100 of assessed value. 

The approved budget includes general fund revenue of $913,347 and enterprise fund revenue of $989,600. General fund expenses include: 

  • A 2 percent raise for full-time employees and 1-percent raise for part-time employees.
  • A 3 percent increase in the town’s contract with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.
  • An $18,000 capital project at the town’s cemetery.

While tax hikes are limited to cigarettes, there are several fees that will be the subject of increases.

The budget includes a 25-cent hike to $9.75 for the monthly trash collection fee and $5.75 per month for apartments or townhouses. There is a $4 increase in sewer fees, which now stand at $31 per month in town and $46.45 per month out of town for up to 3,000 gallons. There is also a 75-cent bump in minimum water fees,  resulting in monthly charges of $27.50 for in town and $41.25 for out of town users for up to 3,000 gallons.

No residents spoke during a May public hearing regarding the budget, and according to previous reports, Harshman said that citizens had not expressed any distaste over fee increases. He explained that citizens know preparations must be made for a $4 million project in which the town will abandon its water treatment plant and join Shenandoah County’s.