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Fluvanna Budget Increases Without Public Comment

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

With the Fluvanna Board of Supervisors considering a budget of $75 million, no one spoke during the public hearings on April 5 for the budget or tax rates.

The supervisors advertised a budget with a real estate tax rate of $0.907 per $100 assessed. The equalized rate for last year was $0.882 per $100.

The supervisors advertised no change to the personal property rate of $4.35 per $100. The business related personal property is proposed to lower from $4.35 to $2.90 and a machinery and tools from $2 to $1.90.

The budget is much of the same from the previous year. The schools were bumped up $320,000. The county is starting to pay the lease for the emergency radio project this year.

Before opening the public hearing the supervisors were updated by staff regarding changes since their last meeting. The slight changes could let the supervisors lower the real estate tax rate or fund items that were previously not funded.

Previously the board tried to find other cuts including an attempt to go line item by line item led by Patricia Eager (Palmyra District). After going through two line items, it proved to be more time consuming than ability to find cuts.

“About three years ago when we were on hard times, we went through the budgets,” chairman Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) said during that work session.

The Fluvanna budget is is hard to maneuver much. The advertised budget includes 13.8 percent of the expenditures going towards debt service. The rest of the budget is heavily affected by salaries.

Don Weaver (Cunningham District) estimated at the last work session that 80 percent of the budget is staffing.

“It is very difficult to cut 20 percent,” said Weaver at the time.

The public hearing on April 5 was only attended by three members of the public, three media members and various county staff and constitutional officers.

The Board of Supervisors will meet to debate and possibly adopt the budget on April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Circuit Courtroom. The board can postpone a vote until April 19 without effecting the operations of the Treasurer’s office to get tax bills mailed.


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Fluvanna Chairman Sheridan Wields Tax Rate Swing Vote

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors budget season is winding down and guesses where the vote will end are still speculating.

Throughout all the work sessions and discussion, there are still obvious divisions on where the supervisors sit on the issue.

Conservatives Patricia Eager (Palmyra District) and Don Weaver (Cunningham District) are standing pat at not raising taxes. The current real estate tax rate is $0.899 per $100 of assessed value. The personal property tax rate is $4.35 per $100 of assessed value.

"You just can’t continually raise rates every year," said Weaver at the April 6 board meeting. "You can’t do that."

Eager added, "I think [raising rates] is a bad precedent…There’s no end."

Mozell Booker (Fork Union District) and Tony O’Brien (Rivanna District) have been quite open to a $0.92 real estate tax rate.

A tax increase of 2.1 pennies would fund new positions in the Sheriff’s Office, E-911, Convenience Center, Social Services and Library. It would include a pay increase for staff, establish a capital depreciation fund, matching grand funding for a commercial kitchen, increase fire and rescue funding and allow more legal advertising of county functions.

Under the $0.92 tax rate, schools would get $700,000 additional funding over last year’s base and $300,000 for technology upgrades will go into the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

No raise in tax rates means all of the above does not happen. Schools would only get $400,000 over last year’s funding and the $300,000 for technology would still stay in the CIP.

There is still $170,000 in the staff’s proposed allocation of a flat tax rate budget to move some things around.

It seems Eager and Weaver are tied together as Booker and O’Brien are.

Sheridan2014That leaves Chairman Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) as the tie breaking vote. The biggest issue? Last month he asked to see a budget with a $0.91 tax rate.

Staff has recommended a tax rate of either $0.914 or $0.92. The difference between the two are $171,000.

The supervisors spent a lot of time on the budget only to be in the predictable position of Eager/Weaver and Booker/O’Brien pairing together.

The board will meet on April 13 at 7 p.m. for a public hearing on the budget and CIP. On April 20 the supervisors are slated to vote on the budget.

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