Front Royal May Cancel Property Maintenance Program
At its Monday (4/1/2019) work session, Front Royal’s Town Council discussed cancelling funding for a property maintenance program.
The property maintenance code was approved by council in October, and allows the town to take legal action on unsafe properties. Enforcing the code on some of the town’s derelict and blighted structures would mean the hiring of a maintenance code official; doing away with the program would save the town $40,000 in the current budget and $38,500 in next year’s budget.
The item is under discussion as a way to save money for the town’s police headquarters, which will require over $500,000 of town funds. Town Manager Joseph Waltz said Wednesday (4/3/2019) that the town’s decision on whether or not to raise its real estate tax rate from 13.5 cents per $100 of assessed value to 15 cents, which will be established next Monday, will dictate where councilors go from there.
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