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Budget concerns to dominate months ahead in Mathews

Mathews County Administrator Ramona Wilson recently provided a glimpse into some of the projects, events and issues the county will be dealing with in the coming months. Some department heads and constitutional officers offered information on what lies ahead for them, as well.

Topping Wilson’s list is this year’s budget, which is now in development. She said budget challenges can be expected in the coming months because of an anticipated downturn in the economy, along with inflation and the increases in the cost of operations that could result.

New financial policies could increase the amount of reserve funds required to remain in the county’s budget to 20 percent of the operating budget, said Wilson, while at the same time several major projects are on the horizon, including funding a new Mathews Volunteer Fire Department Station 1, dredging local waterways, and possibly developing water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Infrastructure appears to be the name of the gam...

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