Union Bridge approves budget for 2001; Property tax to remain at 75 cents per $100


The town of Union Bridge has approved a spending plan of $578,626 for fiscal 2001, which begins July 1.

"Everything balanced," said Mayor Perry L. Jones. "We were able to keep the tax rate the same."

The budget, introduced last month, maintains the town's property tax rate at 75 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The spending plan for the town of about 1,000 passed the council with no public comment Monday night.

Next year's budget has almost $61,000 for capital improvement projects, including Main Street revitalization, building, water and sewer funds.

The town's Main Street Revitalization Committee will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. today at Union Bridge Community Center to present its ideas, which were developed with representatives of the State Highway Administration and design consultants Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani.

The state will provide grant money for the Main Street area. Final reports and cost estimates will be presented to the mayor and council at their next meeting May 22.

"People have been going door to door handing out fliers, so we hope the citizens will come out," Jones said.

Next year's budget includes $31,000 in planning money for the revitalization project.

Under other expenditures next year, public works takes up almost half at more than $282,000 -- and about half of that amount goes for water and sewer services. Another $62,000 is to be spent on street maintenance, $43,000 for trash collection, $26,000 for street lighting, and lesser amounts for snow removal and parking.

Police services will cost almost $40,000, and a $1,500 contribution to the volunteer Fire Department is included. About $55,000 will go to debt service for Town Hall, sewer construction and water loans and bonds, and about $22,000 for insurance.

The town will spend almost $90,000 for general government, including the mayor and council, staff and office expenses, and $7,000 for legal fees. The town's Community Center costs, including maintenance, utilities and services, amount to $22,760.

On the revenue side, about $485,000 are generated by property taxes, state income tax, fees and town service charges. The town has about $50,000 in county grants, and other income sources include interest, cable fees, permits and fines.

In other business Monday night, the council approved the cable television franchise agreement with Prestige Cable TV and transfer of the agreement upon the sale of Prestige to Adelphia Communications Inc. of Coudersport, Pa.

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