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Hearing Monday on budget

Gloucester residents will have an opportunity Monday night to comment on the county’s fiscal year 2015 budget. A public hearing on the budget and proposed tax levies is scheduled to begin at 7 o’clock in the Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center auditorium.

Gloucester County administrator Brenda Garton first presented her proposed budget at the March 4 supervisors’ meeting, a budget with no increase in the current tax rates and no plans for additional borrowing.

The board voted at that meeting to advertise tax rates at their current levels, which are 65 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate; $2.95 per $100 of assessed value on personal property and $1 per $100 value for boats.

Garton said the budget would provide level funding for the school system. The school board had requested an increase of $1.8 million in its draft budget, which was prepared by division superintendent Ben Kiser.

A proposed three-cent increase in public utilities rates is included i...

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