Council approves 4-cent property tax increase for new high school; Mayor says MRRJ expansion is ‘off the table’
The Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday approved a four-cent increase on the real estate tax rate, which will help restart construction of the new high school — all part of the final version of the city’s nearly $295 million Fiscal Year 2022 budget. Also in Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Deanna Reed announced why a proposed expansion of Middle River Regional Jail is a no-go.
Almost six months since construction on Harrisonburg’s second high school was suspended, the project remains in limbo, with no timeline yet established to resume work. COVID-19, though, has prompted competing takeaways about the wisdom of moving forward.
A series of unfortunate surprises caused considerable delay to the East Market Street construction project, ranging from extensive rock just below the old asphalt to an unexpectedly shallow gas main laid atop an old sewer line, not to mention some abandoned coal chutes and an improperly installed telecommunications duct bank.
JMU starts a new academic year with a new residence hall, parking deck and an overhauled Wilson — and several other major projects still in the works
Without many students on JMU’s campus for the last three months, the university crossed some key construction projects off it’s to-do list, giving the sprawling campus a slightly different look. It even spruced up the main entrances to campus with stone signs.