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Town of Blacksburg

Blacksburg has an area of 19.4 square miles and a population of approximately 45,038. The town is home to Virginia Tech
Website: http://www.blacksburg.gov
Town council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Blacksburg Municipal Building and are open to the public.

Town Council

Name Phone Email Term Expires
MAYOR
Leslie Hager-Smith 961-0698 lhagersmith@blacksburg.gov 12/31/21
VICE MAYOR
Susan Anderson 951-2013 sanderson@blacksburg.gov 12/31/21
COUNCIL MEMBERS
John Bush 951-5116 jbush@blacksburg.gov 12/31/19
Lauren Colliver 316-7419 lcolliver@blacksburg.gov 12/31/21
Jerry Ford, Jr. 580-7832 sanderson@blacksburg.gov 12/31/18
Susan Mattingly 230-4382 smattingly@blacksburg.gov 12/31/21
Michael Sutphin 257-4951 msutphin@blacksburg.gov 12/31/19

Administration

Municipal Building 443-1000
P.O. Box 90003, 300 S. Main Street, Blacksburg, VA 24062-9003
Website: www.blacksburg.gov
FAX 951-2180

Town Manager Marc Verniel 443-1005
Executive Assistant Rebekah Corso 443-1006
Deputy Town Manager--Operations Steven Ross 443-1005
Deputy Town Manager--Community Development Christopher Lawrence 443-1005
Town Clerk Donna Boone-Caldwell 443-1026
Attorney Lawrence Spencer 443-1016
Blacksburg Transit Tom Fox 443-1500
Community Relations Heather Browning 443-1090
Engineering & GIS Randy Formica 443-1300
Financial Services Susan Kaiser 443-1050
Fire Department Chief Bobby Carner 558-0762
Housing/Neighborhood Services Matt Hanratty 443-1610
Human Resources Elaine Gill 443-1020
Parks and Recreation Dean Crane 443-1100
Planning & Building Anne McClung 443-1300
Police Chief Anthony Wilson 443-1400
Public Works Kelly Mattingly 443-1200
Rescue Squad Chief David English 443-1631
Technology Steve Jones 443-1040

Blacksburg Planning Commission

Don Langrehr, Chair, donforblacksburg@gmail.com
Jerry Ford, Jr. jrford68@gmail.com
J.B. Jones, Jr. jbspjones@verizon.net
Melissa Jones, akassoff@eee.consulting.com
Paul Lancaster, dinosaur@vt.edu
Elizabeth Moneyhun, greggm@shelteralternatives.com
Cecile Newcomb, cnewcomb@blacksburg.gov

Blacksburg Taxes & Licenses

See taxes.

Real Property Tax. Assessments for property within the Town boundaries are supplied by the County Commissioner of Revenue. The tax is applied to real property only and not personal property. The tax rate for FY 2017 is $0.25 per $100 of assessed value (100 percent Fair Market Value). Taxes are due and payable on June 5 and December 5.

Motor Vehicle License Fee. The automobile license fee for Town residents is $25.00 per vehicle and is due January 1.

Consumer Utility Tax. A 20% tax is levied on utilities with a maximum of $3.00 tax per month on electric and natural gas consumption. Utility companies collect these taxes in the monthly bill.

Water and Sewer Rates. Fixed charge: water $3.09 (inside limits) $5.39 (outside), Sewer $3.12 (inside) $5.45 (outside). Charges per 1,000 gallons· Water $5.21/$9.09. Sewer $5.43/$9.50.

Stormwater Utility Fee. This residential fee of $6 per month supports infrastructure improvements and water quality.

Refuse and Recycling. $22.20 monthly; weekly curbside pickup. Place all refuse in the blue cart provided by Waste Industries. All mixed paper and commingled containers can be recycled at curbside. Place shredded paper in a paper or plastic bag. The Town provides refuse and recycling customers with Spring and Fall Cleanup with Brush Collection, Christmas Tree Collection, and Leaf Collection. Each spring, the Town participates in a Household Hazardous Waste Day for proper disposal of household chemicals. More information: 961-1806, recycle@blacksburg.gov, or http://www.mrswa.com.

Meal Tax. A 6% meals tax (in addition to the State sales tax of 5.3%) is applied to the purchase of any prepared food and drink, whether bought in a restaurant, fast food establishment, convenience store, deli, or other place of business.

Transient Lodging Tax. a 7% lodging tax (in addition to the state sales tax of 5.3%) is applied to the total amount paid for lodging.

Homestay Taxes. Homestay is the rental of residential property (your home), or a portion of it, to guests for short term stay. Often homeowners use web-based platforms such as AirBnB, Cragislist or HomeAway for advertising and booking of this type of short term or transient rental. As of January 1, 2017, this type of rental activity is allowed in the Town of Blacksburg subject to standards adopted by Town Council. To qualify, you must (i) be the property owner and (ii) live in the home you plan to rent. There are other requirements related to the number of times you may rent your home in a year, host and guest information, and guest safety standards. Lodging taxes must be paid for this type of rental. See homestay

Cigarette Tax.$.30 per pack of 20 cigarettes.