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Chase City adds pay raises to proposed 2011 budget

SoVaNow.com / May 12, 2010
Chase City Town Council will hold a public hearing 7 p.m. Monday, June 7 on a proposed $1.95 million general fund budget that would hold the line on taxes and fees and give employees a 3.5 percent raise.

Council members briefly discussed the budget at their May meeting on Monday, noting that a raise for public employees is rare this year in Southside Virginia. Chase City staff did not get raises this year.

The spending plan calls for a slight increase in revenue and expenditures, up from $1.916 million in the fiscal year that will end June 30.

A total of $15,005 would be allocated to the general fund’s contingency fund.

Major general fund revenue sources are taxes, $435,000; street revenue, $354,450; garbage fees, $198,000; meals tax, $188,000; and sales tax $170,000.

The proposed budget would cover construction of an equipment and vehicle storage shed at the Public Works Department for $25,000 and the replacement of a DPW vehicle for $8,000.

Funding for community projects would include: Chase City Chamber of Commerce, $5,000; MacCallum More Gardens, $5,000; Chase City Community Park, $1,000; and Mecklenburg County Business Education Partnership, $1,000.

The water fund budget is expected to hold steady at $311,500 with a contingency of $7,271. The sewer fund also is expected to remain unchanged at $329,800 with a contingency fund of $8,103 set aside.

The contingency total for all fund budgets would be $34,001.

Mayor Eddie Bratton announced that Chase City’s National Day of Prayer observance will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at First Baptist Church, with hot dogs and children’s entertainment.

Community Watch will meet 7 p.m. May 18.

Councilwoman Lisa Gillispie announced that the fundraising committee has raised $7,822 toward the town clock, which will be purchased with private donations. A total of $12,000 in additional funding is needed, she said.

A fund-raising Cruz In is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday in the Lowes Foods parking lot. The event will feature music and refreshments for sale. Door prizes will be awarded to those bringing vehicles.

Gillispie said a location for the clock, which will be placed on a pole similar to a street light pole, has not been chosen. The clock may be located at Town Hall, she added.

During public comment, Richie Richards urged council to conduct a major advertising campaign to “Get the word out” that Chase City is a great place to visit and live, located between Richmond and Raleigh, the mountains and the beach, and close to the lake without the high price of lake living.

Chamber of Commerce executive R.C. Hartley called Council’s attention to the new 2011 LAKE COUNTRY VISITOR AND NEWCOMER GUIDE, which he described as the flagship magazine of Leisure Publishing.

Pointing out that Clarksville and South Hill’s ads are much more prominent than Chase City’s, he said he would ask the Chamber and Council to purchase a larger ad in the next edition.

Hartley commented that the publication is distributed at all Virginia welcome centers and many hotels. He said Roanoke Rapids, NC will include the publication in its welcome packages.

Hartley also reported that the chamber is purchasing two street banners to be displayed during special events.

“We’re proud of Chase City and we don’t care who ... knows it,” he said. “We are the rising North Star of Mecklenburg County.”

Jim Ferguson invited the community to attend a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. May 30 in the town cemetery and a light breakfast at the America Legion Hall.

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