When Chesterfield’s next fiscal year begins on Thursday, July 1, a host of services will change as a result of decisions made earlier this year to balance the budget.
The Board of Supervisors approved the $701.2 million fiscal 2011 general fund budget in April. At the time, Budget and Management Director Allan Carmody said the expenditures in the budget had been scaled back to be on par with 1995 levels. The spending plan includes the loss of approximately 150 full- and part-time employees.
LIBRARIES: All library branches except Central Library will be closed on Thursdays. The Central Library will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. All branches will be open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rather than 5:30 p.m.
Initially, $1.5 million in budget reductions were proposed for Chesterfield County’s Public Libraries. Of that, $1.3 million was to be saved by laying off about 32 FTEs and reducing library hours at all branches the equivalent of one day. Ultimately, $80,000 was added back to the library budget to keep the Central Library open 6 days a week.
PARKS AND RECREATION:
Adults who participate in sports in Chesterfield may not notice but changes are in store beginning with fall athletic programs. Parks and recs has eliminated five full-time and four part-time jobs as well as doing away with program and maintenance support for adult leagues for basketball, volleyball, flag football and softball programs. But all is not lost. Chesterfield’s department of parks and recreation director Mike Golden said the county is working to develop partnerships with associations and other groups that could keep facilities open and the fall sports teams playing.
Senior and adult programs
About half of senior and adult education programs will be eliminated including all adult instructional programs except those at community centers.
Youth sports participants will see fees go up by $5 per child. Golden said the increase is not direct but associations having to take on more maintenance costs will probably be forced to pass on the increased cost to their players.
The Chesterfield Historical Society has kicked in $16,000 to help keep some historical sites open. A $2 fee will be charged to tour the county museum although no admission charges have been determined for Magnolia Grange or Castlewood. Minimum maintenance is planned at Eppington, Falling Creek, Civil War sites, County Museum, Castlewood, Magnolia Grange and the County Jail. Eliminating programs and support for the Heritage Alliance partnering organizations. Rockwood Nature Center will remain open as will the Henricus Historical Park.
About $1.9 million was cut from the Parks and Recreation Department’s budget for fiscal 2011.
CURBSIDE RECYCLING: A $25 annual fee will be charged for curbside recycling service, but individual households can opt out of the service. According to the county’s website, the fee will be included on the county’s real estate tax bill, with $12.50 charged in December and the other $12.50 charged in June each year. Residents can opt out by calling the customer service center at 748-1297 or completing an electronic form on the county’s website.
CONVENIENCE CENTER OPERATION: The Southern Area Convenience Center, located at 6700 Landfill Drive, will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and weekends. The Northern Area Convenience Center, located at 3200 Warbro Road, will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday. A gate fee of $7 will be charged per vehicle, per load, and larger vehicles will be charged accordingly. Customer Value Cards will no longer be offered, though cards without expiration dates will be honored until all visits are used.
UTILITIES Water and sewer rates will go up. The water and wastewater bi-monthly base charges for a typical five-eighths-inch residential meter will increase by $1.68. A combined water and sewer bill for a household using 18 CCF of water will increase bi-monthly by about $2.58, or $1.29 monthly, according to information from the county. The base charges for larger meters increases proportionately based on meter size. Connection fees will also increase. The connection fees for a five-eighths-inch residential meter are proposed to increase in water from $4,025 to $4,400 and in wastewater from $3,140 to $3,455.