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April 3, 2018

Infrastructure projects increase Warrenton budget

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Most of the proposed budget increase would fund replacement of rotating biological contactors at Warrenton’s wastewater treatment plant on Frost Avenue (Route 211).
Town Budget Schedule
• April 5 — Town manager reviews proposed budget with council at 7 p.m.

• April 16 — Budget work session.

• April 23 — Budget work session.

• May 8 — Public hearing on proposed budget.

• June 12 — Council adopts budget.

• July 1 — Fiscal 2019 begins and new budget takes effect.
Warrenton dramatically would increase spending on water and sewer infrastructure in fiscal 2019 under the town manager’s proposed budget.

The town would spend $12.4 million on those projects in the fiscal year that starts July 1. The town council has issued long-term bonds to finance the upgrades, which include a $9.4-million project at the wastewater treatment plant.

Those capital projects account for a proposed 40-percent budget increase. Warrenton would spend $34.3 million next year under Town Manager Brannon Godfrey’s proposed budget, delivered to council members Friday.

The town’s operating budget would rise 6 percent, to $15.7 million.

Real estate and personal property tax rates would remain unchanged.

But, the cigarette tax would rise to 20 cents a pack, up a nickel. Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility fees again would increase 5 percent.

Additionally, water and sewer monthly fees would rise 1 to 3 percent, as previously planned.

The water and sewer operating fund would increase 3.7 percent, to $5.7 million.

Mr. Godfrey also proposes a reduction in the Business, Professional and Occupational License receipts Warrenton collects.

“The objective is to annually reduce BPOL rates over the next five years to achieve a cumulative revenue reduction of 5 percent, net of new growth,” he wrote in the budget narrative. “This new threshold means that a business with gross receipts under $150,000 will pay only the $30 flat fee to obtain the business license.”

His budget proposes three new full-time positions and the upgrade of one part-time position to full time, at a total cost of $275,000:

• A full-time human resource manager for the finance department.

• A full-time planner focused on historic preservation and staff support to the Architectural Review Board.

• Upgrade a part-time permit technician to a full-time customer service representative in planning and community development.

• Add a storm water manager position in planning and community development.

The draft budget also includes $88,000 for technology improvements, and a $50,000 increase in town’s annual donation to the town’s $150,000 donation to the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co.

The council will discuss Mr. Godfrey’s proposal during a work session at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5. 

After a public hearing in May, Warrenton’s council probably will adopt the budget June 12.

FY2019 Proposed Budget by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Draft CIP FY 2019-2024_ 033018 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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