Waynesboro presents 2019-2020 fiscal year budget

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- The Waynesboro City Council presented its budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year on Monday night and held a public hearing as well.

This year's budget totals nearly $117.7 million and includes a general property tax increase of 6.68 percent. The presented budget also features a new community improvement plan which would set aside funds when needed. One example the council gave is to pay for something like a new firetruck.

After the budget was presented to a packed room, the council held the public hearing where many citizens spoke, commenting on taxes, fees and other items related to next year's budget.

Vice Mayor Bobby Henderson was encouraged to see so many people in attendance.

"We do this 24 times a year and two times a year we get this when it's open to public session," Henderson told WHSV. "I would like to see it every month if people came out and told their elected officials what they want throughout the year."

The budget will be finalized next month. Before then, the council will decide whether to incorporate changes based on the public hearing.