Monday night the Lynchburg City Council imposed a new one-cent sales tax increase which would raise taxes annually by approximately $75 per family.
Councilwoman Wilma Rudolph proposed this tax saying “The city desperately needs this money or there is a chance that we’ll have to start laying off workers next year.”
The one-cent increase would raise around $400,000 in revenues for the city, meaning there would be virtually no layoffs.
This increase also allows the city to expand some other services such as garbage pick-up which will now take place twice a week instead of once.
Mayor Sadecki spoke against the tax arguing that Lynchburg families are already too heavily taxed. However, the mayor was overruled and the council voted 5–2 in favor of the tax to be implemented.
During the same meeting Monday, the council discussed rezoning issues which would affect a cemetery by calling for the excavation of several graves.
The chairman of the Metropolitan Zoning Commission said that a local developer, Carl Erskine, has has met with the Commission to discuss building a supermarket.
There is a cemetery currently located in the proposed supermarket building site and this proposal would require the city to move the cemetery.
The majority of the council is against the rezoning. Only two members spoke in favor of moving the cemetery to make room for the supermarket.
The president of the Forbes Street Residents Association, Walt Dropo, said “All the zoning commission did was study the traffic patterns. They didn’t consider what it would do to the neighborhood. Besides, the cemetery has some of the oldest graves in the city in it — some of those people helped found this city.”
After about an hour of deliberation the council voted against the proposed rezoning 5–2.
The last item on the council’s ballot for Monday night was licensing morticians in the city which was approved by a 6–1 vote.
The Lynchburg City Council ruled 5–2 Monday night against rezoning a neighborhood which would require