By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
Fluvanna’s County Administrator Steve Nichols will formally present his budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 5. That budget is expected to include at least a real property tax increase of over five cents per $100 assessed.
Multiple high-ranking sources close to the draft budget process have confirmed the proposal will at least include a real property tax of 85 cents. One source said it could be 86 cents but both expected it in the mid-80s.
Nichols would not comment on his budget proposal until after he presents it to the Board. He noted it will be available later this week on the county website and physical copies at various county locations. Supervisors were given a copy of the proposal late last week.
Sources said the budget is rather level funding but includes modest increases to maintain services. The local school district funding is expected to include a $1 million increase over FY14.
The School Board had mentioned in preliminary discussions it would need $1.5 million more than FY14. Although, it was noted that number could change during the School Board budget deliberations.
Fluvanna School Superintendent Gena Keller did not comment on the possible rumored budget figures but noted the county administrator proposal is just a starting point for the supervisors to begin discussions.
Keller said in an emailed statement, “I will present my budget to the School Board on March 5 and [the School Board] will approve a budget on March 12. On March 19, I will present the budget request to the Board of Supervisors for their consideration.
“We must work to rebuild a foundation for our schools so we can thrive, innovate, and become a vibrant realm of our community! It is important that we stop existing in survival mode.”
Nichols’ budget proposal last year created one of the easiest budget processes in recent history for the Board of Supervisors. The budget that was approved had little variations from his proposal. All five supervisors voted in favor of the budget and noted Nichols’ starting proposal was a reason why.
Nichols will present his FY15 proposed budget formally during the 4 p.m. Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 5. Following the meeting the board will have a work session on the budget
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