MIDDLETOWN – The town’s fiscal year to date finances so far are running in the black.

Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh told council members at a Monday night meeting that the town’s finances are up about $280,000 for the first six months.

“The good financials can be attributed to the new homes and revenues through the Village of Middletown and lower than expected sewer expenses which are tracking 5% lower than expected,” Harbaugh said.

Town officials budgeted $87,991 for real estate taxes and so far have taken in $96,783, or 110 percent of the budget, Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said the sewer department has generated 66 percent of anticipated revenues while the water department has generated 81% of revenues halfway through the budget year.

Sales, meals and utility taxes are trending well, he said.

“We are hoping for a strong finish to the year due to the impending sewer treatment plant upgrades,” Harbaugh said.

Following required protocol, Middletown posted a Request for Proposals for engineering services. Peed & Bortz LLC was chosen for the work. Middletown is waiting to hear from the firm on the scope of work for the project, said Les Morefield, public works superintendent.

It was Peed & Bortz LLC that worked on the preliminary engineering report on Middletown’s Wastewater Treatment Plant when it was discovered the plant’s treatment system was failing. The report was presented in January 2019 to officials at a Middletown Town Council meeting.

In April, at a special work session, members decided to follow the advice of Peed and Bortz and chose to go with the major upgrade of the plant costing an estimated $4.8 million. The Virginia Municipal League approved a loan funding the project, Harbaugh has previously said.

This option would remove the failing bio-wheels, which are large rotating drums where attached microorganisms are grown to consume pollutants and treat wastewater and replace them with a modern system. The option includes the construction of a new, larger basin for increased capacity. This option provides the highest potential for increased treatment performance and future capacity increase if needed.

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