By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
The annual debt payment of $560,000 is offset by the upgrade savings. Trane, the company providing the upgrades guarantees the county will save over $600,000 annually in operation and maintenance costs.
The most frequent update of facilities will be building envelopes at every county facility. The second is changing lighting at all buildings except the administration building. Other planned upgrades are programmable thermostats.
The highest dollar upgrade is at Central Elementary, a planned $3.4 million upgrade to the central plant and controls.
Also at the January 18 meeting, supervisors made a policy regarding salaries of newly elected constitutional officers. There was no current stated policy but the county was paying any newly elected officer the same as the outgoing officer.
The state mandates a salary minimum but the county often increases the salary and pays the difference. On a 3-2 vote, the supervisors made the policy to be the minimum. Chairperson Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) and vice-chairperson Mozell Booker (Fork Union District) dissented.
The salary of an incoming constitutional officer can still be increased by Board of Supervisors action.
At the next meeting the county administrator Steve Nichols will present his budget proposal as the budget season heats up. The county departmental requests for FY18 were an increase of $2.5 million over the current fiscal year. That does not include the School Board request.
Few things are guaranteed in life. The energy savings might be, but all departments getting their full request in the Nichols budget is definitely not.
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