Lovettsville residents have a new bill coming their way next year. The Town Council last week adopted a fiscal year 2018 budget that holds tax rates level, but includes a new trash service fee.
The council looked at two budget options, one that included a slightly lower real estate tax rate (at 20.45 cents per $100 in assessed value rather than 21 cents) and one that held the rates at fiscal year 2017 levels. The vote on the first option failed on a 3-3 vote; the second passed 4-2.
It is the first time the budget included a separate trash collection fee, but is intended to cover the rising cost of that service and to diversify the town’s revenues.