The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, May 16, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Rocky Mount Town Council adopted a $6.5 million fiscal year 2014-15 general fund budget Monday night, along with a five-year capital improvement plan totaling $11.1 million.
Council also set a real estate tax rate at 13 cents per $100 assessed value and a personal property tax rate of 51 cents per $100 assessed value. There is no increase in the tax rates from fiscal year 2013-14.
The spending plan also contains a 3-percent pay increase -- a 0.5 percent cost of living adjustment and a 2.5 percent, one-step increase for all town employees.
Fiscal year 2014-15 begins July 1, 2014, and ends June 30, 2015.
The general fund budget includes most services that town residents expect, including public safety, public works, building and grounds, community development and administration.
The budget sets aside $180,000 for new department services and contributes $1.2 million back to the fund balance. This breaks down to $800,000 in the general fund, $200,000 in the utility capital fund and $190,000 in the utility fund.
Town Manager James Ervin said new initiatives in the proposed budget include:
•the addition of a part-time horticulturalist to install, maintain and prune flowers, bushes, shrubs and trees throughout Rocky Mount as part of an overall beautification project.
•the addition of one more full-time wastewater treatment operator.
•the addition of two new police Explorers through a lease program.
•bond funding to remove Pendleton water tanks; erosion repairs at Veterans' Park; replacement of aging water and wastewater plant components; and replacement of major public works, police, fire and utility equipment.
Here is a breakdown of expenditures in the general fund budget: general government administration, $667,381; public safety, $1,940,602; public works, $1,494,681; building and grounds, $267,529; community development, $436,231; and nondepartmental, $1,644,148.
Proposed expenditures in the proposed $11,107,174 five-year capital improvement plan are as follows 2014-15, $2,422,506; 2015-16, $3,734,668; 2016-17, $1,179,500; 2017-18, $381,500; and 2018-19, $3,389,000.
The capital improvement plan is for planning purposes only and does not obligate town council to carry out any project contained therein, nor does it prohibit unanticipated capital needs.
In other matters, council:
•Approved a request by the Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days for the annual kick-off tractor parade through Rocky Mount on Sunday, June 8 at 3 p.m.
•Approved a one-year extension of the town's current contract with the auditing firm Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates.
•Approved a request by Bryan Hochstein, owner of the Bootleggers Cafe, for an easement from the Town of Rocky Mount's property at 25 Floyd Avenue. The easement is to allow propane tanks to be put behind the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department station on Floyd Avenue and behind Bootleggers Cafe.