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Proposed town budget shows slight decrease

by Tom Chillemi

The proposed budget for the Town of Urbanna for 2017-18 (FY18) does not include increases in water rates or town taxes.

The budget was presented at the town council’s April 13 work session meeting. Overall, the proposed FY18 budget totals $843,390, down slightly from the current $850,800 FY17 budget.

Water rates for in-town customers are $28 for two months for the first 6,000 gallons, and $2.60 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. Out-of-town water customers pay $54 for two months for the first 6,000 gallons, and $5.20 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. 

In comparison, the Middlesex Water Authority (MWA) is proposing the minimum two-month water charge for usage under 6,000 gallons would be $90 ($45 per month for 3,000 gallons). The MWA rate for usage above the 6,000 gallons would be $10 per 1,000 gallons. Urbanna is not part of the MWA service area.

Urbanna’s current water sales to 583 customers is expected to remain flat and generate $185,000 in revenue.

Proposed water expenses include $30,000 for water line upgrades and $11,000 for upgrades to emergency generators for town wells.

A copy of the proposed FY18 budget is available for review at the town hall.

Council will meet Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m. and set a budget public hearing date.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 04.19.2017

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