Council reduces fees as town economy tanks

Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

KILMARNOCK—The coronavirus pandemic has already begun to affect the financial security of many Northern Neck residents. Through the combined impact of Virginia’s state-mandated closure of entertainment businesses and restrictions on restaurants and retail stores, the livelihood of entrepreneurs and employees throughout the Commonwealth are in jeopardy.

Due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on the citizens and businesses of Kilmarnock, the town council voted unanimously, 6-0, to temporarily suspend turnoffs of utilities and to reduce utility costs for residents and businesses.

Members Rebecca Nunn, Alice Cooper, Emerson Gravatt, Curtis Smith, Les Spivey and Michael Sutherland voted in favor of the proposed cuts during a special called meeting of the council last Wednesday.

“In light of COVID-19 affecting so many individuals and businesses in such a negative way, the town wanted to do our part in helping our community,” said Cooper.

Both water and sewer utility costs will be reduced to…

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