City Manager Gary O’Connell (file photo)

Charlottesville City Manager Gary O’Connell will present

a total operating budget of $127,085,950 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009

. That represents a 0.23% decrease over the current year. The City’s total proposed budget for FY2010 is $139,760,834. The proposed tax rate remains the same at $.95 per $100 of assessed value.

In an interview with Charlottesville Tomorrow, O’Connell described this year’s budget as flat and that the majority of homeowners in the City will not see an increase in their property taxes this year. The City will make do with less money by permanently eliminating 14 positions. These include 2 positions at the Department of Parks and Recreation, several interns, and the elimination of 7 EMS-related positions that were previously authorized by Council but never filled. City employees will not receive a pay-raise this year.

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Other notable items in the budget:

The budget will be officially presented to Council at their meeting on March 2, 2009. The first public hearing will be held two weeks later on March 16, followed by a series of work sessions. The second public hearing will be held on April 6, followed by adoption of the budget at a special meeting on April 14, 2009.

Sean Tubbs


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