Tuesday, May 14, 2013
City council adopted the budget in a 4-2 vote on Monday.
Real Estate taxes in Manassas will be a little higher when July rolls around, with city council set to finalize the adoption of its Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Manassas City Council voted 4-2 on Monday to adopt the $328,392,966 budget. A second reading of that adoption is on Wednesday. Councilmen Marc Avent and Ian Lovejoy both voted against the budget and tax increases, the Washington Post reported. The budget calls for a total real estate tax rate of $1.393 per hundred dollars of a property's accessed value—2.7 cents more than the current rate of $1.366. The general property tax rate, which is part of the total real estate tax rate, did not increase, but will remain at $1.192. Part of the 2.7 cent tax increase will go toward funding the …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Many of the city's trash cans need to be replaced, city officials said.
Manassas city officials could end up spending some $50,000 next year to buy new trash cans for residents. The amount was first proposed earlier this year by Manassas City Manager John Budesky in his Fiscal Year 2014 proposed budget. "I'm getting some looks already," Budesky mused during the budget presentation to council. And $50,000 will probably only buy a quarter of what the city needs, Budesky told council in March. City Council members are in favor of spending the $50,000 on the waste bins, as that amount made it into their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014, which is now under consideration. Council's budget is based on recommendations made by the city manager and other city officials. Replacement cans are needed because the …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The tax rate increase will pay for city street improvements, fire and rescue services and school improvements.
Manassas City Council proposed a $330 million operating budget for Fiscal Year 2014, a budget that includes increases in tax bills for city residents. The proposed budget would increase the average real estate tax bill by more than 8 percent. Townhouse dwellers will see the biggest increase in their tax bill—$301 on average—or 14 percent, according to the proposed budget. The city council proposed budget was presented on Monday. The entire presentation is posted on the right and on the Manassas city website. People and entities owning apartment complexes will see the second greatest increase in the real estate tax bill. Projections indicate an average increase of about 13 percent. Industrial property will see the least real estate tax …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Manassas City Council approved the addition to the building this month.
Manassas City Council approved the building of a new chapel at Seton School this month. The project was unanimously approved by council on Jan. 14. and will be built as an addition to the 38-year-old private Catholic junior and senior high school on Maple Street in Old Town Manassas. The new building will seat about 177 people; the current Seton chapel can hold around 40 students, school officials said. The new chapel will be built near the 9000 block of Maple Street and the 8000 block of Quarry Road. It is designed by local Manassas architect Michael Loveless of Loveless and Porter Architect LLC. The company has worked on several religious structures in the area, including the All Saints Catholic Administrative Building and Manassas St. …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Manassas City Council and the School Board held a joint meeting on Monday to discuss the city's Capital Improvement Plan.
Manassas City Manager John Budesky laid out several city projects that staff would like to see materalize in the future on Monday during a joint meeting of the city council and school board. In addition to Manassas City Schools projects, the city's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) includes plans for streetscaping on Main Street. A similar project is already complete on nearby Battle Street, Budesky said. Streetscaping and improvements to pedestrian areas on Grant Avenue are also planned. City staff also mentioned plans for a new public safety facility that would house an emergency operations center as well as police, fire and rescue administrative offices. At some point, two new fire houses could also be built, the city manager said. …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The meeting is at 5:30 p.m.
The Manassas city manager and Manassas City Public Schools superintendent are set to discuss the next five years of the city and its schools this evening during a joint meeting of the city council and the school board. The bodies will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Candy Factory at 9419 Battle St. in Manassas. The plan is for city manager John A. Budesky and Superintendent Catherine Magouyrk to present a report detailing the projected paths to both committees. In December, city council and school board members had a joint meeting at Carmello's Restaurant with Del. Jackson Miller and Sen. Charles Colgan detailing their legislative priorities in 2013.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Private School Proposes New Chapel
The Manassas City Council on Monday night approved a pilot project that will test the deployment of high-tech water and electric meters that are supposed to do a better of job of tracking utility usage. The Advanced Metering Infrastructure Pilot project will cost the city about $441,000. The project will provide new meters as well as a fixed network communications system that will allow the city to more closely monitor demand. Customers will also be able to check their electric usage under the new system, according to city staff. The pilot project is part of a larger effort on behalf of the city to replace its current battery of utility meters, most of which are approaching 30 years old. As water meters age, they lose accuracy and under-…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The building on Center street is now owned by the family that owns City Tavern.
The historic building at 9108 Center St. will continue to be the home of the U.S. Post Office, despite the building changing ownership in November. Brothers Peter, Tim and Nick Veltsistas, owners of the neighboring City Tavern on Main Street, placed the winning bid on the building last month. The Veltsistas paid $355,000 for the building to the U.S. Marshals service, which seized it after its previous owner was convicted of federal fraud charges, according to News and Messenger reports. Manassas City Council considered a memorandum this month that “puts the world on notice” that the city has the right to keep the post office there, Manassas city attorney Mark Crim said. “… The post office is there and the post office is going to remain …
Monday, December 17, 2012
A small vigil was held Monday on the lawn of the Manassas Museum for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Friday in Connecticut.
Read the entire story about the Manassas candlelight vigil here.
The first model home is expected to open next fall.
Van Metre Homes broke ground on a 58-unit townhome development in Old Town Manassas on Friday, signaling the beginning of a project eight years in the making. See video of the groundbreaking here. The project, Olde Towne Square, is located on Center Street in the city block formed by Fairview Avenue, Quarry Road and Zebedee Street that was once the site of a car wash and the Lil Cheaper Market. The homes are expected to be between 1,675 and 2,146 square feet with private garages. The company hasn't yet announced a price range for the homes, but said pre-selling will start in February with the first model home opening in the fall, Krista Peterson, Van Metre marketing director, said. The company has also secured a preferred lender, …