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Clarksville aiming to hold line on taxes, fees

SoVaNow.com / April 29, 2010
The budget and finance committee will present a draft $1.358 million general fund budget to Clarksville Town Council at a workshop 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 3.

A budget workshop will be held Tuesday, May 11.

The final draft of the budget will be presented for first reading at the regular council meeting Tuesday, May 18.

The spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 calls for no increase in taxes or fees.

Although changes have not been finalized, the current draft calls for general fund expenditures of about $1,309,185, an increase of about $10,000. About $48,815 would be set aside in the general fund’s contingency fund.

A proposal discussed earlier to raise the lodging tax from 5 to 5.5 percent has been abandoned, according to vice mayor and committee chairwoman Connie Torres.

She said that in a slow economy with so many buildings vacant, it does not seem right to impose any additional burden on local businesses.

Torres said that although for the second year in a row employees will not get raises, the budget committee is discussing with the personnel committee the possibility of increasing and changing the formula for allocating year-end bonuses.

During the current budget year, the town’s workforce of 31 shared a total of $2,500 in bonuses. The budget committee suggests doubling that amount.

According to Torres, the cost of group life insurance for employees has declined dramatically but health insurance and retirement plan costs have increased.

At their work session on Monday, committee members made a final evaluation of proposed expenditures, rejecting a number of purchases such as a $6,000 gate for the town shop, which they concluded could be postponed.

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