Lynchburg City Hall
Lynchburg City Hall
NO NEW TAXES
No tax rate increase is on the table. While real estate taxes will fall due to shrinking reassessments, it’s more than expected to be offset by gains elsewhere.
Lynchburg City Schools’ request would be fully funded, including a $2.6 million increase in operating support and $3.25 million for new buses, major building repairs and other capital improvements.
In the operating budget, local aid for education would jump from $4,341 to $4,761 per pupil.
City and school employees would receive a 2.5 percent raise — the first general pay raise since 2008. Exceptions would be made for the police officers, firefighters and other public safety employees already singled out for raises last year. Those employees would get a 1 percent bump.
HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL
The city would ramp up its annual investment in the Heritage High fund by $1 million, bringing the total yearly contribution to $3 million. The money would be reserved for the long-planned overhaul of Heritage High.
Tourism funding would be chopped by more than 40 percent. Council set this goal as it approaches the end of a contract that locked it into giving the program more than $1.3 million last year.
Tourism management is outsourced to the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. The contract expires this year.
Learning from last year’s windstorm, the city would buy three large generators to keep critical buildings running during power outages. This would be the start of a multi-year plan to beef up storm resources. The generators would cost close to $418,000, and be placed at fire stations and the Public Works building.
The recycling program would be fully privatized after entering into a hybrid public-private system with Sonoco Recycling last year. The program would remain free to the public. Two city positions would be eliminated.
While major cutbacks generally are avoided, minor cuts would mean the elimination of some programs including: annual Day at the Point festival, senior citizen transportation for Parks & Recreation activities and an open gym period for adults.
- Be Heard
The public can weigh in on the budget at one of two upcoming community workshops:
- 10 a.m. Saturday at E.C. Glass High School auditorium/cafeteria, 2111 Memorial Ave.
- 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Sandusky Middle School cafeteria, 805 Chinook Place
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:30 pm
Updated: 9:27 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.
After years of slogging through cutbacks, pay freezes and tax increases, Lynchburg may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
“I think really, for the first time in several years, the outlook appears to be brighter,” City Manager Kimball Payne said.
Contact Alicia Petska at (434) 385-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:30 pm.
Updated: 9:27 am.