- Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 23:31
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Nancy Miller of Miller Foley Group presented 2010 audit findings for the current fiscal year at a Special Town Council meeting held on Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. Miller noted that improvements in the town’s financial reporting are “the result of two years of effort by the town and the schools” and deemed the town’s financial state to be “pretty clean.” The findings show a major improvement over audits performed in 2008 and 2009, which uncovered 19 serious deficiencies in 2008 and three serious deficiencies in the handling of grant money in 2009.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 17:08
- Published on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 17:08
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CB town council members came to an agreement, by way of emails and telephone conversations over the last several weeks, to provide Mayor Fred Rummage with office space at 700 Colonial Avenue (where the transit office is located) provided that the Mayor indicate his acceptance by notifying council member Sparky Ridgely by December 1, 2010. In response to council's proposed action, Rummage said "I do object. This is nothing more than an absolute insult." Rummage further stated "to render me a room in the 'outhouse' -- the abandoned public works department? No, thank you." According to Rummage, he was not aware of and did not participate in any conversations or emails that occurred between council members in regard to his request to reinstate the Mayor's office at Town Hall.
Rummage is expected to issue a press release on Friday. For the full story and more news from the November Town Council meeting, please see next week's Journal.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:40
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Before Mayor Fred Rummage was allowed to speak before the Budget and Finance Committee, chair Sparky Ridgely requested that town employees Barbara Goff and Val Foulds leave the room. The issue on the agenda was two controversial 2009 resolutions that evicted the mayor from his town hall office and further barred the mayor from entering town hall without an invitation or appointment. Those resolutions were based on town employee complaints to council members that Rummage was disruptive and created a hostile work environment. The resolutions and the mayor’s subsequent eviction from town hall were spearheaded by council members Steve Kennedy, Ridgely and former council member David Coombes.
According to council member Steve Kennedy there was “constant interference and badgering of town employees” by Rummage. Ridgely noted that “we witnessed what was going on — employees were throwing up and crying.”
- Last Updated on Thursday, 28 October 2010 18:11
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Colonial Beach property owners narrowly missed paying more in real estate taxes due to Town Council failing to act in a timely manner when presented with increased real estate assessments from a 2009 assessment done in Westmoreland County.
“It’s illegal to raise peoples’ taxes without a public hearing. That’s wrong,” remarked newly elected town council member Gary Seeber in a telephone interview Monday. Seeber has spoken up at the August, September and October town council meetings urging council to reduce the current real estate tax rate of .60 per $100 of assessed value by .02 cents in order to avoid a defacto increase in real estate tax revenue to property owners.
According to Seeber, there is an approximate 2 percent increase in assessed values of land and improvements in Colonial Beach due to a 2009 real estate assessment by Westmoreland County. This approximate 2 percent increase in assessed value causes an approximate 2 percent increase in revenue to the town from real estate taxes.
Virginia State law provides remedies to protect property owners from defacto real estate tax increases that occur when property assessments increase. Virginia Code Section 58.1-3321 contains very specific language governing the steps localities must take when real estate assessments provide for an increase of 1 percent or more of the total real estate tax levied.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 15:20
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Colonial Beach’s new noise ordinance unveiled at Sept. 23 committee meeting
During the Budget Committee meeting, Sept. 23, Mayor Fred Rummage made a “personal request” to the committee to consider rescinding Resolution 27-09 passed by town council unanimously in April of 2009, which states, in part, “the presence of the Mayor at Town Hall on a daily basis is interfering with and obstructing the efficient operations of the Town” and which effectively removed the mayor’s office in town hall. Committee member Karen Payne, who was chairing the meeting in the absence of Ridgely, noted that committee chair Ridgely was not present and that this item should be placed on the agenda for next month’s committee meeting when the chair is present.
Council member Gary Seeber noted that the town’s budget surplus in an approximate amount of $400,000 should be used to provide substantial bonuses to town employees on a “step” basis according to years of service. Currently the town employs approximately 50 employees.