6.2 Meeting Stories

Lynchburg City Council voted Monday night against a new supermarket that would replace a cemetery on Forbes Street and voted in favor of a new one-cent sales tax to increase city revenue.

The council heard from the Metropolitan Zoning Commission on their request from a local developer to replace the Forbes Street cemetery with a new supermarket. The request came when they realized that there was no supermarket for another mile and a half.

“The thing is going to destroy our neighborhood,” Forbes Street resident, Early Wynn said.

Twenty other residents of Forbes Street and surrounding streets voiced their opinions. Only two of them were in favor of the rezoning — the majority stood strongly against the project. The council voted against the rezoning 5–2.

The council then brought up the possibility of a one cent sales tax to be implemented. The tax will raise $400,000 for the city next year, preventing layoffs, and increasing services.

“The city desperately needs this money or there is a chance that we’ll start laying off workers next year,” Councilwoman Wilma Rudolph said.

The new sales tax is said to only cost each family $75 a year. Lynchburg City Mayor, Ray Sadecki, is not in favor of the new sales tax. He believes that residents are already being taxed too heavily.

“I don’t believe they [taxpayers] want this. I think they want to look at our budget and see where we can cut back,” Sadecki said.

The council took a vote which won in favor of the tax, 5–2.

Lastly, the council spoke on the topic of licensing morticians. The license of morticians in the city would bring an income from an annual license fee. The motion to license morticians won by a vote of six to one.

Lynchburg City Council voted Monday night with a majority vote of 5–2 on a one-cent sales increase for next year, which would raise about $400,000 for city revenue.