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BMA passes budget

From STAFF REPORTS

It’s official.

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed its 2020-2021 budget on second reading Monday night, unanimously approving a plan for the coming year that sees no increase in either property taxes or local utilities.

“It was passed as presented with no changes or revisions at the meeting,” said Town Administrator Glenn Rosenoff, after the Sept. 14 public hearing. “All services and property tax rates, utility rates, everything is the same as the previous year.”

The property tax rate will remain at $1.20 per $100 of assessed value on real and personal property.

“It was great news that we love to broadcast,” Rosenoff added.

Mayor Chuck Vest had earlier attributed the good fortune to good leadership, hard work from the staff and additional business opportunities and Rosenoff agreed.

Certain grant monies for COVID-19 relief also helped, he said. 

“But overall I really think it was going line item by line item and looking at what we believe we can accomplish this fiscal year,” he said. 

That includes, Rosenoff said, completing the town’s ongoing projects and maintaining the same level of services for town residents.