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Public meeting on town budget May 23

by Tom Chillemi

In past years, the full Urbanna Town Council met to discuss the town budget.

This year there has been little information shared with the entire town council about the proposed budget, said Urbanna Town Council member Larry Chowning during council’s May 9 work session.

It was pointed out that the finance committee meetings have been open to the public.

Finance committee chair William Goldsmith pointed out that “asks” for funding were presented by two groups. One was an “ask” for $4,000 in April, said Goldsmith, who said the requests were talked about “at least two times,” and he seemed at odds with Chowning’s remarks.

The budget will be presented in detail on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. and the public will be able to ask questions, said Mayor Diane Gravatt.

The town’s general fund is over $500,000. The water fund adds $200,000 and the town marina fund is $55,000.

Proposed budget revenue and expenses for 2019-20 total $798,000, a decrease from last year.

Town attorney Andy Bury asked if there would be a tax increase or the water rates would go up. No one answered directly, but it appears from the lack of response that neither taxes nor water rates will be increased.

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posted 05.16.2019

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