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576 EXJC Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 " "The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talkofmany things . . .' " Thursday, July 13, 2017 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS Vol. LIX, No. 28 50 cents I Some Quick Facts 2015-16 fiscal year. This 4. The Appropriations on June 30 for all Town amounted to $48,877.86. By Jerry Couch procedure also applies toResolution places legal units. It should be noted that B the ' Council s recently restrictions on expendi- Before exploring St. these figures don t reflect a QUESTION: What approved 2017-18 budget, tures at the department Paul's 201,7-18 operatingunique situation. Every does it take to operate the 1. The Town Treasurer level or category level, budget, let s examine some municipality in Our region Town of St. Paul? submits to the Town The appropriation for eachsignificant items from the is experiencing declining ANSWER: MONEY. Lots Council a proposed operat- department or category can2016-17 fiscal year: tax revenues. Without ing and capital budget for the fiscal year commencing the following July 1. The operating and capital budg- et includes proposed expenditures and the means of financing them. 2. ' Public hearings are conducted to obtain citizen comments. 3. Prior to June 30, the budget is legally enacted through passage of an Appropriations Resolution. be revised only by the Council. 5. Formal budgetary integration is employed as a management control device during the year for the General Fund. 6. All budgets are adopted on a cash basis, but variances from modi- fied accrual basis budgets are not considered to be material. 7. Appropriations lapse of it. That's fact #1. So...how does the Town of St. Paul meet its current operating expenses and provide for future needs? The first step is to prepare and approve a yearly budg- et. The following explana- tion of how this is done comes directly from the town's annual independent audit report prepared' by Thrower, Blanton & Associates, P.C. for the Personal Property Taxes paid by St. Paul citizens fell short of the anticipated amount of $45,000. Total personal property taxes collected for the fiscal year amounted to $26,428.90 as of June 26th. Real Estate Taxes paid by St. Paul's property own- ers exceeded the anticipat- ed amount of $2,476,000. Real estate taxes in the amount of $2,485,793.05 were collected for the fiscal year. However, this amount still reflects a con- tinuing annual decrease. Business License Fees paid by St. Paul merchants fell short of the anticipated budget amount of $123,600. Actual license fees collected amotmted to $116,401.31. The cost of each license is based upon the earnings of the appli- cant's business. Thus, these fees are a barometer of.10cal consumer buying power and town's econom- ic health. Sales Taxes paid by St. Paul merchants fell short of grant funds, we wouldn't have streets, schools, pub- lic utilities such as water and waste disposal - or any of the vital infrastructure components we use each day. This is a fact of life we must all reckon with. The Town of St. Paul divides its budget into two broad categories: the General Fund and the Utility Fund. Each fund is comprised of dozens of individual line items. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, General Fund rev- enues/expenditures are budgeted at $4,486,542. This reflects a decrease from the previous year's revenues/expenditures, which totaled $5,282,581. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, Utility Fund rev- enues/expenditures are budgeted at $4,273,098. This reflects an increase from the previous year's revenues/expenditures, which totaled only $2,608,118. General Fund which will be of particular interest to town residents. If you'd like to see a complete list- ing of ALL groups, or a full description of a specific group, copies of the budget may be viewed at the St. Paul Town Hall. Administration $1,542,716.00 Street Department $556,646.00 Police Department $446,813.00 Fire Department $120,500.00 Swimming Pool $58,037.00 Recreation - $63,900.00 Railroad Museum $1,000.00 Library - $7,850.00 Lyric Theatre - $100.000.00 Willis Project Commercial Development - $738,000.00 Contribution to Education - $12,000.00 Lake Esmnoa - $21,500.00 the anticipated budget The following are some .Non-Departmental Ac |1 I Is $134,344 00 amount of $50,000. t~! - sales taxes collected contained within the O S The Town's Fourth of July celebration pictures are on pages 7 & 8. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 .pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231 -Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, " 1st [ll[l[l]l!j![l[l! !]1[1111] Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed Citizens recognizes School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm persons in Russell, third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. Dickenson, Buchanan " R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed.and Tazewell counties GROUP-The Wise . Sunday Closed. who are 100 years old County Mental HealthD I C K E N S O N-or older. Call Dana Center conducts a B U N D Y- T h e Collins, 1-800-656- recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log 2272, to advise AASC stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly of any upcoming 100th ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and birthday. Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 and S U P P O R T ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. GROUP-Women sur- Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- vivors of sexual assault Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Socialare inVited to attend Mondays, 7 pm, FirstSecurity Office is open Clinch Valley Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from C o m m u n i c a t i o n Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- Action, Inc./Family 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- Crisis Services' sup- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. port group meeting LITTLE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y with victims of similar The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends ofsituations Mondays, League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 10:30 am-12 noon. For 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. information call Rande Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library Hackler, 276-988-5583 League Field. All inter- on first Tuesdays at or Ranetta Davis, 276- ested persons are invit- 5:30 pm. 889-'8206. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- FREE ADULT ED- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, Free " adult education H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes classes are available in vides emergency shel- new members. If you Lee, Scott and Wise ter for victims of served overseas during counties and the City of domestic violence inany war, write VFWNorton. Daytime and Wise, Russell, Post 9864, P.O. Box evening classes for Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA adults who want to and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, improve their basic and the City of Norton. address and phone skills. Instructors also Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- assist adults with job- training available. Call comed, related skills including 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- resume, writing and SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise interviewing. For ZENS-The Castle-County Healthdetails, call 1-800-422- wood Senior Citizens Department, Wise,. is 3433 or 276-386-2433. meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm TRANSPORTA- Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. TION- The Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will be Appalachian Agency Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- for Senior Citizens pro- invited, ning, pediatrics, school vides disability trans- The Dante Senior and adult physicals, portation services in Citizens meet each WIC, Paps and immu- Buchanan, Dickenson, Monday andTuesdayat n i z a t i o n s . Russell and Tazewell l0 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- counties to individuals Department. Russell essary for allbut immu- with disabilities, County residents 60 or nizations. For an regardless of age. Call older are invited, appointment, call 762- 1-888-656-2272. RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. G E N E A L O G Y LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E S GROUP-The Russell Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The County Genealogy Libra.ry, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Group meets 5:30 pm Mon 10am-2pm; Tue & Center is available for first Thursdays, Russell Thur 10am-8pm; Wed reunions, birthdays and County Public Library, & Fri. 10am-5:30pm; showers. Lebanon. Sat 10-3pm. All proceeds reha-Group purpose is M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma "to learn, to share and LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community to perpetuate family J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- history." William T. Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Fuller, 276-623-3410 Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian See CALENDAR, Page 8 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 By Jerry Couch Elsewhere in this week's edition I wrote about St. Paul's 2017-18 budget. Just for fun, let's compare what is required to operate the town today with what was necessary in years gone by. The following article comes from the September 3, 1964 edition of the Clinch Valley Times. BUDGET OF $85,000.00 PROPOSED FOR TOWN Members of the St: Paul Town Council approved the budget as presented before the body at Tuesday's Council meet- ing. The budget for the year will total, as estimated and proposed, $85,000.00. A detailed breakdown of the budget will be pub- lished in the near future. Mr. S. W. Johnson read the proposed budget and gave a financial report for August. The above figure repre- sents the usual Town expenditures and revenues, plus the added cost of the current water filtration project. The cost of this projectwhen completed will total nearly $141,000.00. The town has already paid $74,138.92 on the project. Thegovernment grant, when all is in, will be one- half of the total cost, or about $72,500.00. According to Mayor Fletcher, the APW grant amount received thus far has amounted ot $54,375.00. The project is said to be 65% complete. EXONERATED FROM THE TREASURER'S ACCOUNT Councilmen voted to exonerate from the 1963 Treasurer's Account, delin- quent taxes as listed on the books which includes names of delinquent tax- payers who no longer INe in St. Paul, or have never lived in St. Paul. These St. Paul in the 1960's names have been appearing for a number of years because the listed taxpay- ers have a St. Paul address. Several of the people listed have never lived in St. Paul, other have moved~ away, other live in Russell or other counties and get their mail in St. Paul. COUNCILMEN VOTE THEMSELVES A RAISE Councilmen voted, themselves a $5 a month raise. Councilmen have been receiving $5 per month. They will now receive. $10.00. Councilmen also voted to keep. the mayor's salary as was approved last year, or $300 per month. Now let's fast-forward to 2017. Thanks to infla- tion, it would take $7.81 of today's money to equal the buying power of a single dollar in 1964. That means the 1964 budget of $85,000 would be the equivalent of $663,850.00 nowadays. Though the Town Council did not vote them- selves a raise for the 2017- 18 year, they did vote to give the town's employees a 40-cent per-hour wage increase and a $750 See Budget, Page 6