By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Officer
Fluvanna County’s Board of Supervisors set a real estate tax rate of $.57 per $100 of assessed value at it’s April 20th meeting. The board also set a personal property tax rate of $4.15 per $100 of assessed value. The vote was 4-2 in favor, with supervisors Chris Fairchild (Rivanna) and Don Weaver (Cunningham) voting against.
Prior to the final vote, the supervisors defeated a motion by Mr. Fairchild to set the rate at $.555; only Mr. Weaver supported that motion.
There were few surprises in the final budget, but one created some controversy. Supervisor Shawn Kenney (Columbia) succeeded on directing $250,000 towards what he termed economic development concerns. Mr. Kenney inserted $125,000 for post high school trade school scholarships, and $125,000 for “micro-lending” for small business in the county.
While the funds were allocated in the budget, there was no discussion on how the two economic development programs would be implemented. One supervisor, speaking off the record, doubted that the funds ever would be spent.
The supervisors kept local school funding at the FY 2011 level. But the board did provide one significant concession: unexpended school funds returned to the county at the end of this fiscal year will be returned to the School Board for FY 2012. Present estimates suggest that figure could be on the order of $600,000.
In other matters, supervisors:
· Approved the proposed five year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP;
· Approved a Verizon request for a cell tower in the Columbia district;
· Deferred a change to county ordinances to require sidewalks in industrial and commercial areas; and,
· Adopted the VDOT recommended secondary road construction and improvement plan.
The Board’s next meeting will be held on May 4th.
William Des Rochers is the Fluvanna County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum, a privately funded public policy organization. If you find this report helpful, please consider supporting the Free Enterprise Forum. To learn more visit www.freeenterpriseforum.org