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Colonial Beach increases budget but holds steady on taxes
BY JONAS BEALS
The Colonial Beach Town Council has unanimously approved a 2013 budget that holds all real-estate and personal property tax rates steady.
The $6.3 million budget that goes into effect next week is 18 percent larger than this year’s budget. That is due almost entirely to more than $1 million from the Virginia Department of Transportation, but it’s hardly a windfall for the town.
Starting Sunday, Colonial Beach takes over maintenance of its own roads, and the extra money from the state is designated for the sorts of repairs VDOT is usually responsible for.
“I think it’s a very good budget,” Councilman Mike Ham said. “There is little or no increase in expenses.”
He also said the budget the council approved last week fully funds the School Board’s $1.75 million request.
That nearly matches last year’s outlay, which also included $63,000 in one-time expenses for the modular middle school building that was built behind the high school this year.
The real estate tax rate will remain at 58 cents per $100 assessed value, and the personal property tax rate will stay at $4 per $100 assessed value. The boat tax will remain at 1 cent per $100 assessed value.
Ham said there are some increases on the horizon, however.
“The biggest challenge is getting some of the infrastructure issues taken care of,” he said.
Next month, the council will consider raising water rates for town residents. Ham said the increase could be about $10 a month, and the additional revenue would pay to replace decaying sewer pipes.
Jonas Beals: 540/368-5036