The Board of Supervisors at its February 26 meeting received the Budget proposal for FY 2019-20 from County Administrator Percy Ashcraft.
In a presentation that lasted 45 minutes, Ashcraft outlined the spending plan for FY ’20 that calls for no increase in any taxes or fees and no increase in water and wastewater rates. In addition, it includes no funding for capital projects except $400,000 for law enforcement vehicles and recommends $160,751 for equipment in the General Fund. The reason for this lack of funding is that there will be an increase in contributions to the Riverside Regional Jail 50% over FY19 in the amount of $2,031,776.
A contribution of $16,687,651 is included for operations for the Public School Division and $7,160,506 set aside to retire debt and contributions to debt reserves.
Volunteer Fire & EMS programs are funded in the amount of $5,732,720. The local share for the Comprehensive Services Act is proposed at $623,173.
In his proposal, Ashcraft recommended two new positions contingent on increased revenues from the Compensation Board and $300,000 for building maintenance.
The total Budget is $122,573,723, which is 5.6 percent greater than FY ’19. The General Fund Budget is $57,588,634, which is 4.1 percent more than FY ’19.
A Public Hearing on the Budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the Board Room of the Administration Building.
Other matters to come before the BOS at its meeting:
• Unanimously approved naming Field 1 at the JEJ Moore Sports Complex after Coach Thomas Bendall.
• Unanimously authorized a public hearing to consider proposed amendments to Chapter 82 of the County Ordinance – Utility Connection Fees.
• Unanimously authorized a public hearing to consider proposed amendments to Chapter 82 of the County Ordinance – Utility Conservation Plan.
• Unanimously authorized a public hearing to consider proposed amendments to Chapter 82 of the County Ordinance – Utility Pro Rata Policy.
• Unanimously approved the Commonwealth of Virginia (COVA) 457 Plan.
• Unanimously accepted the dedication of a temporary construction easement in Cedar Creek for Stormwater Improvements.