By Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors approved keeping the pay plan as it passed earlier in the budget season.
Because of state shortfalls the county will cover the $13,421 from the board’s contingency fund. The item was discussed on three separate times, had three motions and recorded two votes. The final approval vote was 3-2 with Don Weaver (Cunningham District) and Patricia Eager (Palmyra District) voting against it.
Also at the September 21 meeting, the supervisors received two items of good news about last year’s budget.
County staff is projecting a $1.6 million surplus as they finish closing out the books. All departments expended 90 percent to 100 percent of their allotted budget.
“I think it is a great reflection of the job you all are doing,” said Tony O’Brien (Rivanna District).
Weaver suggested next year the county could lower the tax rate because of the surplus. Departments have already requested over $100,000 of carryover items that the supervisors will have to approve.
Also, for the first time in a long time the Fork Union Sanitary District ended the year with a slight surplus, totaling almost $13,000. FUSD even accomplished the task while paying back $18,000 worth of the no interest loan the county gave the water system over the years.
“This is really a time to celebrate,” said Mozell Booker (Fork Union District).
The water rates were increased over a year ago. Last fiscal year was the first full year of the increased rates. Staff also discouraged customers of continually accumulating late fees by shutting off water service sooner. The issue with continual late fees is the bill becomes insurmountable.
The supervisors did approve a timber management plan for 94 acres behind the Fork Union Community Center and 96 acres at the old landfill.
The county will sell the timber. Both tracts were previously harvested and replanted. After being clear cut, there will be another replant of the loblolly pines. In about 15 years the county could thin the forest to help it grow. In 30 years the land will be ready for another full harvest.
During unfinished business, the supervisors waived their attorney-client privilege in regards to the lawyers used for the Davenport case. In 2015 lawyers, including county attorney Fred Payne, were sued by Davenport. The county waived the privilege for 35 specific questions.
The next Board of Supervisors is October 5 at 4 p.m.
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