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August 7, 2020

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Town restaurant receipts

$5.16 million

June’s total restaurant receipts in the Town of Warrenton.

The represents a 6.4-percent decline in sales from the same month last year. Restaurant receipts include beverages and prepared food from a variety of purveyors.

Those businesses collect Warrenton’s 4-percent meals tax, the town’s largest source of revenue.

So far, the town has collected $201,417 in meals taxes for June, down 12 percent compared with $230,417 in the same month of 2019. (Some businesses have yet to file their June meals taxes.)

But, the revenue has held up better than expected. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, town officials projected a decline of as much as 25 percent.


Fauquier County homes sold in the second quarter of this year, according to Greater Piedmont Realtors.

The represents an 11-percent decline, down 44 homes, from the same period — April, May and June — of last year.

Prices, however, continue to rise. The median sales price for the quarter stood at $440,000, up 9 percent or $35,000 from a year earlier.

The average home remained on the market 39 days, unchanged from a year ago.


Applications Fauquier has received for its vacant county government and public schools finance director’s position.

Working with a selection panel that will review applications and interview candidates, County Administrator Paul S. McCulla hopes to fill the post within a month.

The job pays $102,128 to $180,793 annually, according to Fauquier’s salary scale.

The finance director oversees 16 employees and a $1.6 million department budget.

After seven years, Jon Munch in June resigned as Fauquier’s finance director to take the same positon with Warren County. When he quit the Fauquier position, Mr. Munch earned $137,710 annually.


As of Thursday, the known number of county government workers who have contracted COVID-19 since virus’s outbreak, according to County Administrator Paul S. McCulla.

County government employs more than 700 people.

Privacy laws prohibit naming infected employees, Mr. McCulla said.

Fauquier’s “Return to Action Plan” for reopening county government in late June states that employees with COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for the disease “should not return to work until the following conditions are met:

“They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours and have not used fever-reducing medication during that time, coughs and other symptoms have significantly improved and ten days have passed since they first experienced symptoms.”


The number of public hearings The Plains Town Council will conduct Aug. 17 — “the most we’ve had on one night since I’ve been here,” said Town Clerk Nancy Brady, who started the job 24 years ago.

Public hearing topics include:

• The town’s proposed $176,700 fiscal 2021 budget.

• Lone Oak Coffee’s special use permit request to establish a coffee-roasting business and coffee shop at 6322 Main St. With a population of about 240 people, the town already has a coffee shop — Happy Creek & and Tea at 6485 Main, just across the street from Lone Oak’s proposed site.

• Melinda Friend’s special use permit request to for an “accessory” apartment and “art/craft studio” to make pastries at 6322 Hopewell Road.

• Patrick Miller’s subdivision waiver request to create a two-lot subdivision at 4323 Fauquier Ave.

• A proposed boundary line adjustment agreement between the town and Fauquier County at 6428 Main St. that would incorporate 1.75 acres into The Plains.
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