Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Town Council Meets in Abingdon
Abingdon Vice-Mayor Cathy Lowe asked the council to support her selection as the next mayor in July and Jason Berry as vice mayor. She said Mayor Morgan has done a good job but she believes it is time for a change. Citizens in Abingdon donít vote for the mayor the five elected council members decide for themselves. Lowe feels her seniority on the council and her consistent popularity during her election cycle matched with her 30 years as a small business owner in town with extensive volunteer work qualifies her for the job. The council members will now consider the request before their July first meeting. Morgan had no comment. The council went on to approve a budget of just over 15-million dollars for the next fiscal year which begins July first. 254-thousand will go to pay for a state mandate requiring public employees to contribute 5-percent of their earnings to the Virginia Retirement System. That mandate guarantees the employees a raise to cover the cost. The council voted to maintain the current tax rate but raise sewer rates for non-town residents to help pay for a sewer project to replace old pipes. Town Manager Greg Kelly said future tax increases may be needed to help offset the cost of the project. (bg)

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