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Clarksville draft budget unveiled

SoVaNow.com / May 29, 2019
Clarksville’s proposed $4.11 million budget for 2019-20 represents a nine percent decline in spending over the current fiscal year.

The budget, which goes into effect July 1, comes with no increase in taxes but a six percent increase in sewer fees. It anticipates general operating expenditures of $2.742 million, another $1.368 million in water and sewer spending and a combined surplus of $236,360.

Town Clerk Tara Murphy said the increase in sewer fees is the first one in three years and is necessary to cover the cost of needed repairs and upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant. The average bill, issued every two months, will increase from $86.65 to $92.

She also explained the town’s overall spending will drop this year now that work has wrapped up on Phase I of the Southwest Rehabilitation Project, a multi-year neighborhood improvement initiative that is mostly grant-funded.

The budget was presented to Town Council on Tuesday night at a special called meeting. The public is invited to comment on the budget at a meeting set for Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

Approval of the budget will take place during the regular meeting of Town Council on Tuesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m.

The proposed budget includes a four percent salary increase for town employees and a retirement supplement, LEO, for police. Unlike the prior year where the town faced a 13 percent hike in health insurance costs, Murphy said there is no increase in insurance costs for the coming fiscal year.

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