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Strasburg trims proposed budget

22 April 2020 Shenandoah County News

The Town of Strasburg has trimmed its proposed budget of $17 million down to $13 million. Businesses being shut down has hit the local economy hard, and Town Manager Wyatt Pearson asked department heads to slim down 15 to 20% of their initial proposals. Unwilling to cut the budget of essential services like the fire department and rescue squad, Mayor Rich Orndorff asked the library and museum to take some cuts.

The Town Council was adamant to keep costs down while continuing to provide services to residents. As such, the proposed budget does not include any tax increases, though there is a slight increase to water and sewer fees, by 3.5% and 5% respectively, as is necessary to keep those funds self-sustaining. Similar to other towns, Strasburg is also extending a grace period on late tax payments.

Although the Town is worried about businesses struggling, especially with another month of lockdown, Orndorff praised small businesses for being creative and proactive in this trying time.

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