By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
The Greene County Board of Supervisors held a January 28th work session to review Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) data passed to them from the Planning Commission Planning Director Jim Frydl, led the work session by reviewing the inventory of projects and the work needed to be done by the Supervisors in order to prepare the CIP and to determine the impact to the upcoming budget.
Frydl also stressed that the goal of the CIP is to be in synch with the Comprehensive Plan. It is to be done annually and looks out over a 4 to 6 year time frame. The advantage of following this requirement is to plan for the needs of the county in a prioritized manner rather than in a reactionary manner. Also, the future planning allows for grants to be pursued to minimize the cost to the taxpayers of Greene County.
The recent facility analysis of the county done by Cardo last year was also included in the list of project needs. These needs were included in the fourth and fifth year and Frydl outlined the priority to reconfigure the space in the Court Square complex which would be facilitated by adding approximately 4,000 square feet of office space to allow for the relocation of offices without the “shutting down” of any department and would ultimately be used.
Finally, Frydl noted the improvements made in the current listing of the projects from prior years list of projects.Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) projects were noted, the impact to the personal property tax rate by year has been calculated as well as the category of the expenditure – i.e. repair, new asset, etc. Also, a new elementary school for $40 million has been added in the fifth year.
It was also pointed out that the project list shows only total cash outlays in one year, while large projects such as a new school, would be financed over decades. Finally, the Planning Commission stressed that they recommended the highest priority to the county water supply project.
The session then moved to a question and answer session by the Supervisors. Supervisor Dale Herring (At-Large) commented that this year’s document better presents the information. Chairman Bill Martin (Stanardsville) also commented that the document is getting stronger and it is an incredibly useful tool to make decisions for the county and he was glad to see the highest priority recommended for the water supply project. Martin did suggest that the fifth-year expenditure for the elementary school split out the cost of the land acquisition first.
Martin asked where the cost of the water treatment plant was in the document, Frydl indicated that this expenditure is beyond the five-year projection. The final comment from Martin was the concern over the ability of the county to fund all projects on the list presented to them.
The Board of Supervisors will review the project list at a future meeting and work toward a Capital Improvement Plan and the impact to next year’s budget.
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