An item in last week's column incorrectly reported some water and sewer rates in Vienna. The current water rate for nonresidents is 91 cents per 1,000 gallons; a proposal before the City Council would increase the rate to $1.13 per 1,000 gallons. The current sewer rate is $1.62 per 1,000 gallons; the City Council is considering increasing that to $1.90 per 1,000 gallons.
The Vienna Town Council has approved a $7.4 million fiscal 1983 budget that does not require an increase in the current real estate tax rate of 33 cents for each $100 of assessed property value.
Vienna homeowners can expect property tax bills to increase this year, however, because assessments on most homes have gone up 12 to 14 percent, town officials say.
The new budget, proposed by Town Manager Brackenridge H. Bentley and approved by the council last week, increases town spending by 12 percent.
One of Bentley's priorities in the budget--overhauling the outdated police radio system--easily won council approval. Bentley had warned that the radio units frequently broke down, isolating police. Last year, he said, one mobile police unit was out of service 56 times, sometimes for several days in a row.
The Town Council last week delayed, probably until August, action on water and sewer rates. Bentley urged the council to increase the resident water rate by 17 cents to 85 cents per 1,000 gallons and nonresident water rates from 22 cents to $1.13 per 1,000 gallons. Sewer rates would climb from 28 cents to $1.90 per 1,000 gallons under Bentley's proposal.
During the last two years, Vienna has lost nearly $305,000 operating water and sewer services.