By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Officer
Minus two supervisors, Fluvanna County’s Board of Supervisors raced through a thin agenda on October 3rd and will consider supplementary school funding at its next meeting on October 18th. The highly contentious issue was deferred until Supervisors Joe Chesser (Rivanna) and Robert Ullenbruch (Palmyra) return from vacation.
County administrator Steven Nichols informed the Board that approximately $180,000 in additional funding could be available for school capital programs. These funds come from proffers made by the developers of the Sycamore Square subdivision. An additional $84,000 contribution is pending. Funds obtained through proffers must be tied directly to projects that are included in the county’s capital improvement plan.
At their next meeting, supervisors will address two school-related issues.
Earlier in the summer, supervisors contracted with Robinson, Farmer, and Cox to study the school budget. While careful to avoid calling the study an audit, supervisors hope to determine if funding levels are sufficient and meet state requirements. That report will be sent to the Board on October 10th, and according to the county administrator, will be on the agenda for discussion on October 17th.
Supervisors also will discuss the School Board’s request for additional funding to meet operational costs for the fiscal year. Given the county’s current political climate, it could make for a very contentious meeting.
William Des Rochers is the Fluvanna County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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