By Pauline Hovey, Greene County Field Officer
Although the Greene County Board of Supervisors meets only once during the months of November and December, planning continues behind the scenes for what appears to be a year of changes.
No longer operating under the “plug the holes before we sink” method, conservative supervisors over these past several years have turned the county around, steering it in a more fiscally responsible direction and acquiring substantial reserves in the process. Although Greene County, like its surrounding counties, faces a decrease in property taxes, which will affect the overall budget, Greene may be in better shape than some of its neighbors. According to Supervisor Jim Frydl (Ruckersville), the county has experienced an increase in sales taxes and home development that will help offset the anticipated decrease in property taxes. Combined with the county’s reserves, he believes there will be no need for a tax rate increase in 2011.
As they plan for next year and beyond, supervisors are revisiting planning and zoning ordinances with the Planning Commission to determine priorities for the year and ensure ordinances are cohesive with the new comprehensive plan. They also will review the efficiency of processing in light of that plan. In addition, water and sewer issues will continue to be on their agenda. Next Tuesday, December 14, at 4:30 p.m., the board will hold a joint workshop with the School Board to examine specifics of a proposed school facilities project, with presentations by the architectural firm and a financing update provided.
The most interesting and curious item currently occurring in the county is the fact that as many as seven residents are running for the position of county treasurer vacated when long-term treasurer Gail Berry resigned. The interesting mix of candidates includes the assistant treasurer currently employed in the treasurer’s office, three school teachers, and one CPA. A public forum, sponsored by the Ruckersville Citizens Council, to meet candidates and pose questions will be held on January 5, 2011, at the Raymond C. Dingledine III Performing Arts Center. A special election will be held January 11.