Gloucester expected to approve budget Tuesday
The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt the county’s $133 million fiscal year 2014-15 budget during its meeting Tuesday night, which is scheduled to begin at 7 o’clock in the colonial courthouse.
Gloucester County administrator Brenda Garton first presented her proposed budget to the board on March 4, proposing no tax increases for residents, as requested in January by the board of supervisors.
Since then, there have been multiple work sessions on the budget, including a public hearing where many school employees spoke, encouraging supervisors to do whatever possible to improve the quality of education in Gloucester County Public Schools and improve the compensation for its employees.
The proposed budget does not include any increase in local funding, as requested by the schools superintendent.
The budget is based on the same tax rates as the current fiscal year—65 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate; $2.95 per $100 of assessed value on personal property and $1 per $100 on boats.
A proposed three-cent increase in public utilities rates is included in the budget to cover one position that is currently frozen and add a position in the utilities department to handle the state Department of Environmental Quality’s consent order.
Included in Tuesday night’s meeting agenda is a public hearing to consider an ordinance to amend county code to revise certain utility fees, rates and charges. The public hearing will begin at 8 o’clock.