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Council adopts $45.9 million budget

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The Town Council gave final approval Monday night to a $45.9 million spending plan for fiscal 2017-18.

The budget includes about $10.9 million in the general fund, to which town taxpayers contribute. About $2.6 million was allocated for streets and $633,395 for special projects.

The remainder of the budget includes the town's enterprise funds, including about $19.7 million for the electric fund. The water and sewer fund would receive about $11 million for water and sewer and about $1 million for solid waste management, according to the spending plan, which is available at frontroyalva.com. Money in those funds comes from utility users' rates, not tax dollars.

The budget is based on the previously approved real-estate tax rate of 13.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. The half-cent increase from the current rate, approved in March, is earmarked to help pay for the future police station on Kendrick Lane.

As part of the budget measure, Council apply the repayment of its $100,000 internal loan to the future police station project instead of the general fund.

Council also approved a number of fee changes for its various services, including:

• Water fee for after-hours shut-off calls from $25 to $30.
• Environmental Services fee for tires without rims, not to exceed 16.5 inches increase from $1.50 to $2 per tire.
• Environmental Services fee for tires on rim, not to exceed 16.5 inches from $2.50 to $4 per tire.
• Environmental Services fee for tires larger than 16.5 inches with or without rims from $3 to $5 per tire.
• Removal of the Police Department fee for minor accident reports.
• Removal of miscellaneous fees for hard copies, which are no longer printed.



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