The City of La Vergne Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget at a special meeting last Tuesday.
The general fund budget is $23,082,666. There is no property tax increase or water bill rate increase in this fiscal year budget for the ninth consecutive year. The current property tax rate is $0.71 per $100 assessed value. The most recent property tax increase was in 2011 and since then the rate has been dropped three times.
There are no budget cuts being made due to the COVID-19 pandemic however, the board chose not to fund everything requested by department heads. Due to the pandemic city officials are not planning to use any reserves to balance the budget. This budget does include a three-percent pay increase for employees.
No jobs are being cut from the budget. Five jobs total will be added next fiscal year: one assistant police chief, one assistant fire chief, a parks and recreation supervisor, a maintenance supervisor and a utility engineer. All positions are part of the general fund except the utility engineer which is part of water/sewer/stormwater.
Some of the capital projects include a switch refresh and fiber lines for IT, a new roof for the library, a leaf collection pickup machine and truck for the storm water department, and a new roll up door for the water treatment plant.
The streets department plans to begin the widening design and construction on Carothers Road and the realignment of Charter and Centerpointe.