By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Representative
On March 21st, Fluvanna County’s Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to advertise an increased real estate tax of 11 cents for fiscal year 2013 to $.68 per $100 of assessed value, a 19.3 percent increase over the current $.57. Supervisors Shaun Kenney (Chairman, Columbia), Joe Chesser (Rivanna), and Mozell Booker (Fork Union) supported the measure. The personal property tax rate will remain the same at $4.15 per $100.
The Board can reduce the tax rate below the advertised rate but it can not go above the advertised rate.
The decision came quickly after prolonged internal discussions that fractured the Board’s comity at times. Essentially, the supervisors agreed to fund all departments at a tax rate of $65.5, and then agreed to add an additional $900,000 to the school division budget to cover the costs to open the new high school.
The school division will receive $14.85 million in local funds, up from just under $14 million, a 6.5 percent increase. The schools had asked for a $1.4 million increase, or a 10 percent hike. One highly placed school official, when asked if the final $14.85 million figure were ”doable”, replied: “oh sure”.
Other cuts that were restored included those to the Commissioner of the Revenue, the Treasurer, and Social Services. The Board also funded a “capital reserve” (depreciation) fund. Additional details will be provided once the final budget is adopted in April.
In other business, supervisors also terminated a one-year experiment in self-insured health care and instead will link up with a program that is managed by Anthem Blue Cross and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
3/23/2013 – Additional information added for clarification- Neil Williamson
William Des Rochers is the Fluvanna County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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