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Briefs: Revitalization, ‘no wake’ zone

Chairman Mike Ham welcomed Carol Rizzio and Bill Spivey, of Land Studio PC, who presented an update on ongoing efforts to procure a federal revitalization grant for the downtown core business area at the Economic Development section of Colonial Beach Town Council’s committee meetings Thursday, July 28. 

Rizzio presented a drawing that outlined citizen and business-owner suggested changes to the business area, which is Colonial Avenue to

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Council corrects budget appropriation for schools

It was just a miscalculation.

Due to a $1.6 million dollar mistake made in council’s recently passed 2011/2012 budget, and because the School Board passed a budget based on incorrect numbers, council member Karen Payne spoke out at the July Town Council meeting. The $1.6 million local effort for the Colonial Beach schools appeared twice in the ordinance document, and was added in twice in the budget resulting in a seemingly additional $1.6 million appropriation for the schools and a

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Seeber takes committee members, town staff to task over proposal

After a citizen-packed special meeting on Wednesday night in which all 21 citizen speakers favored level funding for the school system, the Budget and Administration Committee chaired by Sparky Ridgely convened on Thursday, June 23, to revisit the proposed budget.

Ridgely opened the meeting by saying, “In an effort to try to meet the public’s wishes, we looked for guidance from the town attorney.”  Ridgely urged the committee to recommend approval of the advertised budget, advertise a tax increase in July and approve an amended budget in August that would provide level funding to schools based on increased tax revenues.  According to Ridgely, “That is the legal way to do

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CB council proposes to cut school funding by $149,354

With the June 30 deadline for a new budget quickly approaching, Town Council released its proposed budget for 2011-2012 at a public hearing on Wednesday night. 

According to the budget, general fund revenue projections are down by $149,477.  The highest decreases in revenue are expected in real estate taxes, personal property taxes, business license taxes, and revenue from use of property.  The only revenue categories showing an expected increase are local sales and use taxes and transfers in. 

The largest decrease in funding is the school transfer category, with a

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Council approves second water-front land sale

Town Council held a public hearing during its regular council meeting to review the sale of a portion of town-owned waterfront property that was previously identified as Scenic Drive in old planning maps to William Speight. 

Council approval of the sale of waterfront land began at its May meeting when council unanimously approved a sale of a portion of Scenic Drive to Bill Milleson.  Speight owns property several homes

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