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County moves ahead with $160.5M budget

Gloucester County’s proposed $160.5 million budget for fiscal year 2024 was presented by County Administrator Carol Steele during Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting in the colonial courthouse.

The two largest expenditures in the proposed budget are for school operations and the county’s general fund.

The proposed general fund budget total is about $85 million, with $44 million in remaining funds after amounts are transferred to the School Operating Fund, Social Services, Children’s Act Fund, Capital Improvement funds and to debt services.

The proposed school operating fund is $77 million, with $30.4 million transferring from the general fund. The schools requested that the local contribution from the general fund to the operating budget was requested by the schools at $31 million.

Tax rates

To pay for this budget, supervisors unanimously voted to go to public hearing later this month on advertised tax rates of 58.3¢ per $100 of assessed value for real estate and $2....

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