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Remington begins budget process

Thursday, Apr. 24 | By Jonathan Hunley
Town officials in Remington have begun the budget process for the next fiscal year and will continue talking numbers next week.

Town Administrator Sharon Lee recently presented councilors with a first draft of a spending plan that would take effect July 1.

It includes revenue of $216,434, and expenses of $237,383.

That means that town councilors will have to come up with a way to make up for a $20,949 shortfall, which could mean increasing revenue, decreasing spending or a combination of both.

But that doesn't mean Remington is any trouble financially.

Lee said she just runs the numbers at first and then takes the council's input on how to balance the budget.

"I always give it to them unbalanced," she said after a recent work session.

Lee does not propose hiring any new employees or raising any tax rates.

Remington's current real-estate tax rate is 12.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, which residents pay in addition to Fauquier County real-estate taxes.

The spending plan proposes raising employee salaries by 3 percent and increasing the rent the state Division of Motor Vehicles pays to have a small office co-located in Town Hall. The rent would go up by $50 per month, to $425.

Lee's budget also reflects $61,500 in new expenses for an update to Remington's water system, which could mean an increase in residents' utility rates.

New regulations mandated that the municipality start filtering its water to remove arsenic, and the fixes are working, said Councilman Van Loving, who also is a town employee.

"It's doing the job," he said. "It's filtering the arsenic."

Lee's proposed budget doesn't include any money for relocating Town Hall, though councilors have said they would like to move it from the current location on East Main Street.

The Town Council is scheduled to discuss the spending plan again Monday.

A public hearing on it is slated for May 19, and it could be approved at a work session planned for June 9.

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