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Gloucester board makes budget adjustments

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors held two more budget work sessions during the past week ahead of its electronic budget adoption meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Funding for the schools and the deadline for tax payments were two of the topics discussed during the meetings.

For FY 2020, the board decided to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on May 19 on a proposal to delay charging late fees for unpaid property and real estate tax until Aug. 15. If approved, the payments would still be due on June 30, but the taxpayer would be allowed an extra 45 days to pay without additional late fees. This change was suggested by County Treasurer Tara Thomas.

The other major decision was on how the schools would be funded in FY21. The board decided on two possible options. The first would be to simply level fund the schools at the FY20 amount, which was $26,930,277, without further cuts. The other, if possible, would be to level fund the schools by the amount of FY20, but wait u...

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