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Additional revenues appear to be needed for Mathews budget

Revenue projections for FY 2014-15 appear to show that Mathews County won’t be able to fund next year’s budget without some increase in local taxes.

During a supervisors’ retreat held in the historic courthouse last Wednesday, County Administrator Mindy Moran told supervisors that additional state and federal mandates will require increased revenue.

“This is not to embark on some ambitious capital improvement plan,” she said. “Just to deal with additional mandates, we’re not going to be able to hold the (tax) rates steady.”

Supervisor Charles Ingram commented that “there’s a whole lot of wants out there,” but Moran said that, even if the school system’s request for a 2 percent plus step salary increase for employees is taken out of the equation, an additional $300,000 will be needed by the division just to compensate for increases in funding for mandated requirements for schools and employee contributions to the...

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