By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Representative
Unsurprisingly, Fluvanna’s Board of Supervisors on April 15th approved establishing a joint water authority with Louisa County. The 4-2 vote, supervisors Ott and Weaver dissented, was in the face of substantial citizen opposition.
For the second time in a month, citizens presented a petition with over 2,100 signatures, although this time representatives filed it with the court directly. Previously, the citizens had presented a petition to the supervisors, but officials said it was flawed since the form was not pre cleared by the clerk of the court.
According to a source connected with the petition drive, the circuit court will hold a hearing on the merits of the second petition on May 15th. A government official believes that the second petition is flawed as well since, according to the official, there is no provision in Virginia law for the court to accept it. Meanwhile, Louisa County already has approved the joint water authority.
In other matters, the Board approved the new county budget for Fiscal Year 2010 along with a $.50 cent real estate tax for every $100 of assessed value. This represents an increase of 2 cents (4.2 percent). The hike is earmarked for future school bond repayments; previously the Board had intended to set aside a three-cent tax increase but backed off in the face of the recession.
For the first time this decade, the school budget will sustain a two percent cut, and overall spending, excluding debt service, will decline by some four percent.