Waynesboro Reveals Budget Proposal

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Friday morning, Mike Hamp, Waynesboro's city manager, proposed the budget for the City of Waynesboro to the city council.

The budget proposal totals to $44.8 million and the city will spend almost 3.5 percent more money this year, according to Hamp's blueprint. Real estate taxes will also be increasing two cents for every $100.

New to this year is a storm water utility fee, which will cost Waynesboro residents $2.35 every month as part of a government mandate.

Nothing is final just yet because the budget needs to be approved by city council.

Hamp said although people will have to pay more, all the money raised will go towards water management.

"We live in homes that have hard surfaces. We drive cars that leak liquid. We mow lawns and apply fertilizer and use detergents and all the things that can impede water quality, each of us contribute to in some way. So it's fair we all contribute to the expense of dealing with it," said Hamp.

Harrisonburg is also on the list of cities being affected by this mandate.

As far as the budget is concerned, the city council still needs to approve it. The city hopes to have everything finalized by early June.

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