The Board of Supervisors at its April 25 meeting held a public hearing on the FY ’18 Budget.
Following an explanation by County Administrator Percy Ashcraft on the details of the annual spending document, the public was given a chance to speak. Nobody came forward to comment.
Ashcraft proposed the Budget on February 28, and since then the BOS has had three worksessions and a retreat to sort out the details. Currently, the Budget proposal is $113,876,743. The General Fund proposed spending plan is $53,209,285.
Some highlights included in the Budget:
-No increases in real estate or personal property rates. Utility rates were increased at 10 percent for water and 20 percent for wastewater at the April 11 meeting and will go into effect July 1.
-Funds 246 full-time and eight part-time employees.
-Funds employee health insurance at an increase of 7.68 percent over FY ’17.
-No employee salary increases are included in the Budget.
-Funds capital projects for FY ’17 and includes projects for FY ’18 that will be paid for with a spring borrowing.
-Funds public education at $15,900,249 through the Memorandum of Understanding.
-Projects an undesignated Fund Balance for June 30, 2018 at 15.8 percent, or $17.1 million.
The Board of Supervisors will give consideration to adoption of the Budget at its May 9 meeting. The Budget must be balanced and adopted by June 30.
Other matters to come before the BOS at its meeting:
• Held a public hearing and unanimously approved an ordinance regulating solar farm facilities.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a proclamation designating May 14-20 National Police Week.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a proclamation designating May as Building Safety Month.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a proclamation designating May 21-27 as EMS Appreciation Week.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a proclamation designating May 7-13 as Drinking Water Week.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda an appropriation of $239,228.75 from the Cameron Foundation for improvements at Exit 45.
• Received a report on the Toddler Fair.
• Received the Quarterly Financial Report.
• Unanimously approved various easements related to Luca Restaurant Development.
• Unanimously approved authority for Staff to apply for the “Keep Virginia Beautiful” grant.
• Unanimously approved a resolution earmarking 7.5 percent of the Transient Occupancy Taxes dedicated for contribution to Tourism to the Prince George Regional Heritage Center.