By. Brent Wilson, Greene County Field Officer
At the February 26th meeting of the Greene County Board of Supervisors the annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) was approved. Minor changes were made to the CIP that the Planning Commission approved back in January. The School System made adjustments to various roof projects and also added a school security system for $175,000 in the school year 2013/2014.
The CIP is a multi-year production and scheduling of capital projects with an appropriate financing plan to fund these projects. Greene examines the CIP is prepared annually in an effort to facilitate planning and setting priorities among capital improvement needs over a subsequent five-year period. The CIP is designed to identify projects for all departments for which funding has already been committed or is being sought for some time within the five-year planning period.
Community Development Director, Bart Svoboda , also mentioned how the CIP is used to develop Cash Proffers in the county and that the make-up of the departments would be how the funds would be allocated back for any cash proffers collected.
Supervisor Davis Lamb (Ruckersville) asked for a clarification about capital vs. maintenance costs.
Chairman Frydl concluded that the CIP met the state requirement but that the BOS hoped in the future that a CIP will be able to be reviewed in more detail by the five person panel that the Planning Commission recommended on January 16th. Bart Svoboda agreed that the process needs to be accelerated in the future to allow time to prioritize the requests.
Brent Wilson is the Greene County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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