Hearing Monday on $108.4 million budget

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Apr 06, 2011 - 04:59 PM

Residents will get a chance to speak their minds on Monday night about Gloucester’s $108.4 million proposed FY 2012 budget.

The public hearing on the budget, proposed tax levies and the county’s four-year capital improvement plan will begin at 7 p.m. in the Gloucester High School auditorium. Supervisors are expected to adopt the budget on April 26.

The proposed budget is balanced with a real estate tax rate of 58 cents and a personal property tax rate of $2.60, both per $100 of assessed value, figures that remain unchanged from the current rates.

However, supervisors voted by a 5-2 margin last month to advertise a real estate tax rate of 61 cents, a three-cent increase, for the sole purpose of allowing flexibility if there is public outcry during Monday’s public hearing for a service or initiative that is not included in the proposed budget.

County Administrator Brenda Garton had also suggested that the board advertise a $2.60 tax rate on boats not solely used for business purposes. This would have been a $1.60 increase from the current rate. However, after several residents, including two marina owners operating in the county, spoke against the increase, the board voted to keep the advertised rate on non-business boats at $1.

All other tax rates have remained advertised at the same level where they are currently set.