Gloucester supervisors adopt $109 million budget

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Apr 25, 2012 - 04:16 PM

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s fiscal year 2012-13 $109 million operating budget with a 6-1 vote Tuesday night during a meeting in the colonial courthouse.

The budget, as adopted, calls for a seven cent increase in the real estate tax rate and a 35 cent increase on the personal property tax. With the increase, the real estate tax will be 65¢ per $100 of assessed value and the personal property tax will jump to $2.95 per $100.

At-large supervisor Ashley Chriscoe cast the lone vote against the budget and the tax levies.

Supervisors took a couple of hours last Thursday night to focus on adjustments to county administrator Brenda Garton’s budget proposal. Her original proposal called for a 10 cent increase on real estate tax and 30 cent increase on the personal property tax.

Another change that was made during budget negotiations was to decrease the cost of living adjustment that was proposed to be given to county and school employees. Garton had proposed a 4 percent increase to each employee’s salary; however, under the adopted budget, employees will receive a 2 percent increase.