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April 2, 2019

Warrenton’s proposed budget has no tax hike

The proposed budget totals $25.9 million for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
There are no proposed tax increases; however, the council will need to examine additional sources of revenue or anticipate lower levels of service for town residents in the coming years.
— Interim Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer
Warrenton dramatically would decrease spending in fiscal 2020 under the proposed budget.

Interim Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer on Friday released a proposed budget of $25.9 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The proposal represents a 24.2-percent decrease from this year’s $34.2-million spending plan. Infrastructure spending would drop about $10 million. This year’s budget includes a major project at Warrenton’s wastewater treatment plant — a one-time expenditure.

But, the town’s operating budget next year would rise 12 percent to $17.6 million “as the town continues to face the deferred maintenance on buildings, equipment and IT infrastructure,” Ms. Schaeffer wrote in the budget narrative.

Capital projects would account for $3.9 million, including $1.2 million for the potential relocation of Town Hall and $500,000 for financial software replacement.

Real estate and personal property tax rates would remain unchanged.

“There are no proposed tax increases; however, the council will need to examine additional sources of revenue or anticipate lower levels of service for town residents in the coming years,” Ms. Schaeffer wrote.

The water and sewer operating fund would increase 2.9 percent to $5.9 million. Customers’ rates would rise about 3.5 percent.

Fees at the Warrenton Aquatics and Recreational Facility also would increase 5 percent.

Ms. Schaeffer’s budget proposes a new full-time position and the upgrade of one part-time position to full-time at the wastewater treatment plant, at a total cost of $110,000.

The town council will conduct its first budget work session on Thursday, April 4. 

After a public hearing in May, the council probably will adopt the budget June 11. 

Town budget schedule

• April 4 — Budget work session. 

• April 22 — Budget work session. 

• May 2 — Budget work session. 

• May 14 — Public hearing on the proposed budget. 

• May 23 — Budget work session. 

• June 11 — Council adopts budget. 

• July 1 — Fiscal 2020 begins and new budget takes effect. 

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BestKeptSecrets · April 3, 2019 at 5:49 pm
No tax hikes. Thank you for being responsible with your tax payers monies.
Please begin to approve affordable housing for newcomers. You can't keep professionals without it.

The financial health of our community depends on our leaders. Please spend wisely. When you hire professionals in the county remember the management theories moved towards more mentoring and less middle management. Consider promotions to a senior level vs a management level. Senior levels come with experience and education they are not authoritative. Professionals are not industrial workers (factory workers) they should not be micromanaged. Please recruit and retain the best. Onboard and offboarding is essential. Never let an employee quit feeling indifferent with our county.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · April 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm
Excellent. Fauquier County leaders probably had to realize Culpeper county has more housing optiins, taxes are cheaper and their hospital has a better rating. Their new grad teacher hires will be starting at $50,000. When Fauquier county professionals have to reside in Culpeper, they shop there..Why not work there too?
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