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Youngsville passes $4.2 million budget, no tax increase

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YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville board of commissioners passed its budget unanimously May 7.

The general fund is $4.2 million with $1.5 million budgeted for public safety and $1.4 million in public facilities. The Powell Bill fund — state funding that can be used for street repair and maintenance — is budgeted at $40,000. 

The tax rate remains 65.5 cents per $100 valuation. The town's vehicle fee remains $20 and solid waste fees are unchanged.

Rental of the community house increased to $200 for in-town residents and $300 for out-of-town renters. Special event and amplified sound permits increased to $50. Permit fees to excavate town streets increased to $100.

The budget funds several construction projects, including a new public works facility, improvements to the new town hall building, a remodel of the community house kitchen and significant improvements to Luddy Park.

One part-time public works position will be converted to a full-time position. A fleet vehicle tracking system will be implemented. Also, “significant investments” in law enforcement equipment and training are funded, according to Town Manager Phil Cordeiro.

The budget goes into effect July 1. 

Commissioner Larry Wiggins made the motion to approve the budget, which was seconded by Commissioner Scott Brame. The board also unanimously passed the fee schedule. Commissioner Joseph Johnson made the motion, which Brame seconded.