Council to possibly vote on FY15 budget Monday
by Tom Chillemi
On Monday, June 16, at 7 p.m. the Urbanna Town Council will consider adopting its $621,809 budget for 2014-15.
Urbanna resident Bob Calves has repeatedly suggested the town eliminate the personal property tax and motor license fee. He renewed his plea at a recent town council meeting noting the tax and fee net the town about $20,000—for a lot of “messy” work.
A closer look at the proposed 2014-15 town budget indicates the personal property tax currently brings in $7,500, down from $12,000 in the 2012-13 fiscal year, Calves pointed out this week via email.
However, if the town were to eliminate the personal property tax, it would lose $5,995 from the state that comes via the “Personal Property Tax Relief Act.”
The town’s motor vehicle fee generates $6,000.
Calves, the former town treasurer, argues that billing and collecting personal property taxes puts a burden on the town staff for comparatively little money. He adds that town staff can’t easily delineate which of the tax bill addresses are sent to persons who actually live within the town boundaries, since many people use “Urbanna” as their mailing address.
Council members have pointed out the town is facing large expenses for water upgrades and for repairing the town hall.