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City Council will look at budget tonight, discuss new park

City Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight in a work session to discuss the city’s $75.6 million budget.

The budget includes a 4 cent raise in the real estate tax rate (bringing it to 72 cents) per $100 of assessed value. There’s also a rate increase of 2.7 percent in the water commodity charge. Right now it’s $1.85 per 1,000 gallons and it would go up to $1.90. A small user uses about 10,000 gallons in two months, so their bill would rise by about 50 cents, and a large user, that uses 100,000 would see an increase of about $5.00. There’s also a recommended increase of 14 cents for the sewer commondity charge. Right now it’s $3.86 per 1,000 gallons and it would go up to $4.00. A small user, using 10,000 gallons would see a $1.40 rise in their bill and a larger user would see their bill go up $14.  

The school system, with a budget of $25 million, is set to get $900,000 more than it got in the last budget cycle. The school system wants to hire five more teachers to meet enrollment needs and give its staff a salary increase.

Full-time city employees will get $850 bonuses and part-time employees will get smaller bonuses under the proposed  budget.

The budget will be on first-read in the 7: 30 p.m. meeting.  Here is  a copy of the agenda for the meeting, which will take place in council chambers.

A few things that caught my eye:

- A proposed  two acre park at the intersection of Powhatan Street and Cown Boulevard. Planning commission voted at its meeting on April 13 to grant the city the special use permit to build the park. The site already includes the Powhatan Water Tank, a pump station, a cell tower site, landscaped areas, a gravel trail and a fiber optic box. More information is here.

-Reconsideration of resolutions 11-25 and 11-31 from the last meeting. Councilwoman Paolucci said she wanted to clear up any confusion after the last meeting. The memo is here.

The two meetings are tonight at 715 Princess Anne Street, if you’re interested in going.

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