Mathews moves ahead with $21.95M budget

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Apr 06, 2011 - 04:53 PM

The Mathews Board of Supervisors voted unanimously during a budget meeting last Wednesday to go to public hearing in May with a proposed real estate tax rate of 47 cents and a proposed personal property tax rate of $3.70 per $100 of assessed value.

In addition, on a split vote, with chairman O.J. Cole and supervisor Charles Ingram voting against, the board voted to increase the school budget by $287,262, compared to the current appropriation, and place nothing in the county’s reserve fund.

The increase is roughly $36,000 less than the additional $323,014 the school board had requested in its draft budget.

These figures would be included in a budget totaling $21.95 million, a 4.9 percent increase over the current year’s budget of $20.92 million. The school budget as proposed would total $12,339,767.

No salary increases are included in the budget for either county or school employees.

The public hearing on these matters will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, in the Thomas Hunter Middle School multipurpose room.