Hearing Monday on budget

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Mar 19, 2014 - 01:30 PM

Gloucester residents will have an opportunity Monday night to comment on the county’s fiscal year 2015 budget. A public hearing on the budget and proposed tax levies is scheduled to begin at 7 o’clock in the Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center auditorium.

Gloucester County administrator Brenda Garton first presented her proposed budget at the March 4 supervisors’ meeting, a budget with no increase in the current tax rates and no plans for additional borrowing.

The board voted at that meeting to advertise tax rates at their current levels, which are 65 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate; $2.95 per $100 of assessed value on personal property and $1 per $100 value for boats.

Garton said the budget would provide level funding for the school system. The school board had requested an increase of $1.8 million in its draft budget, which was prepared by division superintendent Ben Kiser.

A proposed three-cent increase in public utilities rates is included in the budget, which would 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 with which the department must comply.

The public hearing will be broadcast on Cox Cable channel 48 and will also be streamed on the county’s website, www.gloucesterva.info. The entire budget proposal can also be found on the website.

The 2014-2015 budget is scheduled to be adopted by the board of supervisors on April 15.