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Hearing tonight in Mathews on $23.75M budget proposal

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors will have a public hearing on the proposed 2015-16 fiscal year budget at 7 o’clock tonight in the historic courthouse on Court Street.

No tax increases are proposed to support the $23.75 million total budget, which includes $13.51 million for the schools, $1.84 million for Social Services, and $8.56 million for the general fund.

As reported in last week’s Gazette-Journal, a $36,810 decrease was originally reflected in the amount of funding needed for the general fund budget. However, a clerical error was discovered by county staff, and the general fund budget now shows an increase of $1,681. With this change, the 2015-16 total county budget will be $65,342 less than the current year’s $23.81 million budget, rather than the $103,842 reported last week.

The proposed budget includes a 1.5 percent increase in salaries for all county and school system employees. Social Services employees, however, will receive a 2 percent increase...

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