Mathews supervisors, commissioner disagree over use of DMV funds

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Aug 24, 2011 - 05:20 PM

A point of contention arose between supervisors and the commissioner of the revenue during Tuesday night’s Mathews County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Commissioner Ray Hunley told supervisors that he had asked Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for an opinion on the use of the DMV Select funds that come to the county to compensate workers in his office and the treasurer’s office for additional duties they perform for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

In 2010, Hunley said, supervisors withheld the additional money, $20,425, and put it in the general fund. He requested that supervisors appropriate the money and give it to his and the treasurer’s employees.

"It’s not taxpayer money," he said. "It’s not county money. It’s DMV money for employees who do additional work."

Hunley reminded supervisors that his office took on DMV duties during Gov. Mark Warner’s tenure, when the state closed a dozen DMVs for budget reasons. Many Mathews residents had a hard time getting to Richmond or the Peninsula for those services, he said, so the state said it would pay localities for offering them.