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Buy a Town Decal for my vehicle(s)
All personal property taxes must be paid in order to purchase a vehicle decal. Vehicle decals are now permanent and are purchased one time. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles registration cards that show vehicles are located in the Town of Bowling Green are needed for decal purchase. Replacement decals can be purchased in case of a replaced windshield or other situation requiring a replacement decal for the same vehicle. Compliant golf carts require a temporary Town Decal and must comply with the current ordinance for inspection, registration, and new decal purchase each year.
Know the costs to live in the Town of Bowling Green
New residents should be aware of the requirement to pay personal property taxes to Caroline County and a lesser amount to the Town of Bowling Green. If you own property in the Town, you must also pay real estate taxes to Caroline County and a lesser amount to the Town of Bowling Green.
Some of the specific costs are as follows:
1. Real Estate Taxes are $0.12 per $100.00 of assessed valuation for the Town of Bowling Green and $0.72 per $100.00 of assessed valuation for Caroline County.
2. Personal Property Taxes are $0.60 per $100.00 of assessed valuation and $3.50 per $100.00 of assessed valuation for Caroline County.
3. The minimum water, sewer and trash rate in the Town of Bowling Green is $127.00 every two months. This figure includes twice weekly trash pick-up.
4. Permanent Vehicle Decals are $25.00 for vehicles and $18.00 for motorcycles.
5. Availability fees for water and sewer are $6000 each. Connection fees are a minimum of $750.00 each for water and sewer (according to how much time and materials are needed to make the connection). There is a $35.00 inspection fee for each water and sewer connection. If all connections are inspected at the same time, only a $35.00 fee is charged.
6. In Town water deposit is $100.00 plus a $15.00 account set up fee.
7. If water is disconnected for non-payment, a $25.00 fee will be charged to have water reconnected.
8. Local Cable Service is provided by Metrocast. The local office number is (804) 633-0271. Their web site is www.metrocast.com.
9. Electrical Service for the Town is provided by Dominion Virginia Power ((888) 667-3000) or the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative ((804) 633-5011) depending on where you live in the Town.
10. Local Telephone Service is provided by Verizon ((800) 599-0193).
11. Internet Service Providers are Verizon, Metrocast, and Bealenet.com.
12. Satellite Service is provided by DirecTV and Dish Network.
Register to vote
Voter registration is accomplished at the Caroline County General Registrar’s office. Their telephone number is (804) 633-9083.
Call or Send a Fax to the Bowling Green Town Hall
You can call the Town Business Office at (804) 633-6212. Business hours are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, except for State and State-observed Federal Holidays. (See the Town Government calendar on this web site.) The fax number is (804) 633-5523.
Report a problem with my Metrocast cable service
You can contact Metrocast at (800) 633-8578 at any time or the local office at (804) 633-0271 during office hours.
Report a water problem on the Town Water System
If you are served by the Town of Bowling Green, call (804) 633-6212 for information Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. After business hours, water pipe breaks can be reported to (804) 633-4357.
Report an electrical problem
The majority of the Town of Bowling Green is served by Dominion Virginia Power and their number is (888) 667-3000. If you are served by the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, please call (804) 633-5011.
Establish Telephone Service or report a problem
Telephone service in the Town of Bowling Green is provided by Verizon and their telephone number is (800) 599-0193.
Report a street light out or malfunctioning
If you have a streetlight out or it is malfunctioning, please call Business Office at (804) 633-6212 with pole location and pole number (numbers are on plates attached to each pole).
Know the location of the closest recycle center
The recycle center is located at the Chase Street parking lot behind the Masonic Lodge.
Know the schedule for trash pickup
Trash pickup is only available to Town residents. Trash is picked up at curbside on Tuesdays and Fridays. You must have your trash container on the curb by 7:00 A.M. on the day of pickup. Trash containers for residential pick up are supplied by the Town of Bowling Green’s contracted provider when trash service is initiated.
Know where to register my car(s)
For taxation purposes, you must register your vehicle(s) with the Caroline County Commissioner of Revenue (804) 633-4055.
Know the schedule for Town of Bowling Green public meetings
The Town Council regular meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M. and the Planning Commission regular meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the Rappahannock Room of the Bowling Green Event Hall at 117 Butler Street. Board of Zoning Appeals meetings are scheduled as needed. If a regular meeting date falls on a Holiday, the meeting will be rescheduled. Special meetings are announced at a previous regular meeting, in a newspaper advertisement, or posted on the public meeting board in Business Office. All Public Hearings are announced in one of the local newspapers. Advertisements of the Public Hearing and associated material are available for review at Business Office from the date of the first announcement for the Public Hearing date. All Public meetings are also listed on the Town Government calender on this web site and a calendar for the entire year can be printed or downloaded at the bottom of the Town News page. Agendas of upcoming meetings and adopted minutes from previous meetings (1998 to current) can be found under Government > Agenda and Minutes on the left navigation bar.
Report a problem to the Bowling Green Police Department
The Bowling Green Police Department number is (804) 632-1600. If there is no answer, call the Caroline County Sheriff’s office at (804) 633-5400. For emergencies call 911.
Contact Caroline County Government
You can call the County Administrator’s office at (804) 633-5380 or go to Caroline County Web Site at www.co.caroline.va.us.
Rent the Bowling Green Town Hall for an event
Information regarding the rental of the Bowling Green Event Hall is on the Town’s Web Site. Applications can be obtained at Business Office. Reservations are made with a deposit payment of $150.00 and a signed rental agreement. No reservations are accepted by phone. Available dates and additional information can be obtained by calling the Business Office, (804) 633-6212.
Obtain a Business License
A Business License is required for all businesses operating in the Town of Bowling Green. License fees are due March 1st if you were licensed during the previous year. If not, a Business License Application is required before you can start a business. If you plan to operate a business in your home, you must fill out and submit a Home Occupation Permit Application in addition to your Business License Application. Forms can be found under Online Forms on the right navigation bar.
Obtain Zoning Application Forms
Zoning Application forms are available on this web site under Online Forms on the right navigation bar and at the Business Office. Zoning questions can be referred to Town Manager/Zoning Administrator, Stephen Manster, at (804) 633-6212.
Know how to become a Planning Commission Member
Positions are appointed by the Bowling Green Town Council after receiving written letter of interest from the applicant. Appointments are based upon position availability. Applicants must be residents of the Town of Bowling Green. Applicants can put a letter of interest on file with the Town in anticipation of a future vacancy. More information can be found on the Planning Commission Page under Government on the left navigation bar.
Know how to become a Board of Zoning Appeals Member
Positions are recommended to the Circuit Court Judge by the Town Council and based on availability. Applicants can put a letter of interest on file with the Town in anticipation of a future vacancy. More information can be found on the Board of Zoning Appeals page under Government on the left navigation bar.
Know how to become a member of the Bowling Green Town Council
Town Elections are held every two years. Vacancies occurring between elections are advertised and appointments to fill the vacancies are made by the Town Council. Election forms to run in the Town Elections for Town Council and Mayor are required to be filed in advance of the election with Caroline County General Registrar’s Office. More information can be found on the Town Council Page under Government on the left navigation bar.
Know about the Meals Tax
If you operate a restaurant or food service business in the Town of Bowling Green, you are required to collect a meals tax on all prepared food and remit those taxes to the Town of Bowling Green monthly. Meals Tax forms are available at the Town Hall and under Online Forms on the right navigation bar.
Know about the Transient Occupancy Tax
If you operate a motel, hotel, or offer lodging, you are required to collect a Transient Occupancy Tax and remit those taxes to the Town of Bowling Green monthly. Transient Occupancy Tax forms are available at the Business Office and under Online Forms on the right navigation bar.
Know about the Annual Harvest Festival
The Harvest Festival is held annually on the third Saturday in October. For general information call the Business Office at (804) 633-6212 or contact the Coordinator, Kathy Beard, at (804) 448-8729. Information can also be accessed on this web site under Tourism and Special Events on the left navigation bar. This is one of the largest events in Caroline County and the surrounding counties.
Know about the Annual Christmas Parade
The Christmas Parade is held on the second Saturday in December and is usually held in conjunction with the other activities. General information is available by contacting the Business Office, (804) 633-6212, for the parade and associated activities or check this web site for details under Tourism and Special Events on the left navigation bar.
Know about the Town of Bowling Green Clean Sweep
Clean Sweep is held each year in the late Spring. For general information call the Town Hall at (804) 633-6212 or contact the Coordinator, Kathy Beard, at (804) 448-8729. The date will be available on the Town Events Calendar found under Town Calendars on the left navigation bar.
Know about the local Farmer’s Market
The Farmers' Market is located next to Union First Market Bank on North Main Street and usually runs from late spring to the Harvest Festival each year. Information can be obtained from Mark Mallin at (804) 633-6780 and the Town Events Calendar found under Town Calendars on the left navigation bar.
Know about Employment with the Town of Bowling Green
Job vacancies for the Town of Bowling Green will be advertised through the local newspapers, the Town newsletter, and the Town’s Web Site. The Employment Application can be printed from Online Forms on the right navigation bar.