The Mathews Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 7 o’clock tonight on the county’s proposed $23.94 million Fiscal Year 2013–2014 budget in the historic courthouse.
No changes in real estate or personal property tax rates are proposed in the new budget, which reflects an overall 1.19 percent increase over the current budget.
The document includes the Mathews County Public School system’s $12.79 million budget, the $1.67 million Social Services budget, and the county administration’s $9.48 million budget, which is a 1.08 percent decrease from the current budget.
According to a press release from the office of county administrator Mindy Moran, the budget is intended to maintain the current level of services with reduced resources, cut expenses wherever possible, provide stable funding for a school system facing declining enrollment and increasing retirement expenses, and offer a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for employees who have been with the county at least a year.
The state compensation board is providing a 3 percent salary increase for constitutional officers and their comp board-funded staff, said the release, while the county is providing the 3 percent raise for county-funded positions in those offices. Part of the 3 percent raise for Social Services employees is expected to be covered by the state.