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One person speaks at Chase City budget hearing / June 07, 2017

Otto Anderson was the only person to speak at Wednesday night’s public hearing on Chase City’s 2018 budget. The budget, which goes into effect July 1, will be voted on by Council at their regular monthly meeting, June 12.

Anderson said he was tired of paying both county and local taxes. He suggested the town consider annexing additional property to raise revenues. He also asked Council to consider incorporating as a city, thereby alleviating the need for town residents to pay “double taxes.”

“We need to get the county off people’s back,” Anderson said, adding “every time I turn around I am paying taxes.”

Carlton Gurley, a member of the Chase City planning commission, said the town looked into annexation several years ago, but decided against it. “You have to take the bad with the good and it’s very expensive to pursue annexation, even if it’s friendly.”

Chase City’s $3.2 million budget for FY-2018 comes with a one cent hike on real estate and mobile homes from 39 cents to 40 cents per $100 in value, 42 cents increase in the personal property tax from $1.21 to $1.65 per $100 in value, and 90 cents increase — for minimum usage — in the sewer rate. The rate will go up from $56.10 for 3,000 gallons or less used per month to $57, with an additional ten cents charged for each gallon over the minimum.

General operating expenditures for the budget are estimated at $2.13 million. Another $336,743 is allocated from the sewer fund $117,825 from the sewer escrow account, $546,968 from the water fund, $73,488 from the wastewater R&D project and $23,010 from the cemetery fund.

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