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Herndon Town Council to Consider $60.2 Million Budget Proposal for 2019

by RestonNow.com April 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm 9 Comments

Herndon’s Town Manager William Ashton III has proposed a $60.2 million budget for fiscal year 2018 — a nearly 18 percent increase over the previous budget.

The majority of the increase is the result of $6.5 million for the water and sewer fund and $1 million for parking linked to the redevelopment of downtown Herndon.

Modest revenue growth is projected over the next year, Ashton said. The budget reflects a nearly three percent increase in assessed property tax values. The town’s real estate tax rate will remain at $0.2650 per $100 of assessed value.

In the proposal, funding is allocated for the Town of Herndon’s ongoing partnership with Comstock for the redevelopment of downtown. It includes $500,000 this year for an interior build-out of an 18,000-square-foot arts center, $2.9 million to relocate overhead utilities underground and $1.4 million for street improvements along Van Buren Street from Herndon Parkway north to Spring Street.

The overall six-year plan for the capital budget includes $3 million for the construction of a new nature center at Runnymede Park, $3.3 million for vehicle and pedestrian access to the Herndon Metrorail Station, and $4.3 million for a second-story addition to the Herndon Community Center.

A summary of the budget is available online.

  • Greg

    “The town’s real estate tax rate will remain at $0.2650 per $100 of assessed value.”

    Isn’t this tax rate atop that of Fairfax County’s?

    • John Higgins

      Sure is.

    • Walter Hadlock

      Yes. We do get services, such as trash/recyling/yard waste pickups on a weekly basis, as well as police and public works, and the Town government has its own planning commission, architectural review board, and Heritage Preservation Review Board (concerns itself with properties within the Heritage Preservation District) to deal with development.

    • Lake Anne Resident

      How much tax revenue will they be missing out on when Aslin moves their operation to Alexandria?

      • Restonite

        Oh who cares? Terrible beer, worse neighbors. If they want to start a beer distribution operation without any guidelines or restrictions, good luck in Alexandria and bon voyage!

  • Greg

    PS — delighted to see that some of those ugly utility lines will be buried, but for the love of sweet baby Jesus, Herndon, when are you going to repave the third-world quality Elden Street and smooth the uneven manholes?

  • 30yearsinreston

    Can Reston be annexed by the Town of Herndon ?
    Can we petition to be annexed ?

    • Greg

      Probably not. Even if it could be, Virginia towns (but not cities) are still subject to the county’s jurisdiction in which they lie. The good news is that Herndon is in the Dranesville district, but that would likely change if Reston were annexed into Herndon.

      “The [Virginia] General Assembly still controls the boundaries of towns and cities; after all, the state legislature created those boundaries in the first place. Virginia towns and cities exist only as subdivisions of the state, not through any independent compact with “the people.” Each charter was a unique document reflecting the circumstances of each community.

      The distinction between city and town was not significant, except in terms of civic pride, until after the Civil War and a new state constitution was adopted in 1869 under the leadership of Judge Underwood. By the 1902 Constitution, in a confusing evolution of case law and legislative practice rather than by any single act of the General Assembly, Virginia cities had become politically independent from surrounding counties.

      Towns have remained subunits of counties, but after 1902 cities have been separate jurisdictions.”

  • HERNDON News

    Well thats nice but I live in Reston.

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