May 10 Meeting Recap
BOS Approves FY ’17 Budget;
Includes Two Percent Pay Increase

The Board of Supervisors at its May 10 meeting adopted the Budget for FY ’17 and included a two percent salary increase for County employees.

County Administrator Percy Ashcraft proposed the Budget back on February 23 and a series of worksessions followed leading up to Tuesday night’s consideration. Included in the Budget is a four-cent increase on the real estate rate to 0.86 per $100 of assessed value, along with $15,577,250 for school operations per a Memorandum of Understanding between the BOS and the School Board.

The BOS had considered in earlier discussions a one percent salary increase for County employees, but coupled with funds available from the state for Compensation Board employees, the supervisors approved a two percent adjustment in pay for all employees.

The vote on the two percent salary increase and the overall Budget was 3-2, with Chairman Bill Robertson and Supervisor T.J. Webb dissenting.

The overall Budget is $111,807,205. The General Fund Budget is $52,201,917.

Also included in the Budget is funding for 246 full and part-time positions and level funding for employee health insurance. The Capital Improvement Plan was included in the Budget adoption, but no funding was appropriated for any of the projects. Each project will be brought back before the Board for funding consideration.

Three positions are recommended to be added to the Position Control Chart: (1) an Economic Development specialist; (2) a second part-time attorney; and (3) an additional patrol officer and elimination of a Captain’s position.

Included is $7,529,889 in debt retirement, with $4,154,789 going for Public School Division projects.

This budget maintains funding for volunteer companies, including special programs such as the Line of Duty Act and Length of Service Awards Program.

This budget includes almost $1 million for capital projects and equipment to be paid out of the General Fund.

Other matters to come before the BOS at its meeting:

• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution proclaiming May 15-21 as National EMS Week.

• Received a report on the opening of the Farmers Market on May 14.

• Received a report on the Hometown Heroes 5K race on May 14.

• Received a report on Clean Community Day activities held April 16.

• Approved a recommendation to move forward on modifying the Utilities code related to Service Districts.

• Unanimously approved a resolution to appropriate $411,000 for services related to the Comprehensive Services Act.

• Unanimously approved a maintenance agreement with VDOT for Exit 45.

• Unanimously approved authorizing Staff to negotiate with AECOM for consulting services for an upgraded public safety radio system.

• Unanimous approved sending a letter of support to Virginia Gateway Region in support of its fund-raising efforts.

• Adjourned to Monday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at Bud’s Inn for a Board retreat.