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Mathews board budget process continues

Mathews supervisors learned the basics of the budget last week during a budget work session with county staff.

During the Feb. 4 meeting, County Administrator Mindy Conner outlined where the operating budget moneys come from and how they are spent, pointing out that over $15 million of the budget comes from local revenues, while $2.8 million comes from the state, with $790,000 in the fund balance.

She explained to board members that revenues are not expected to increase significantly before the next reassessment, which is three years away, but neither should they decrease because of the $9 million value of new construction that could occur based on building permits that were issued last year.

Out of the current operating budget, $8.5 million goes to school funding, said Conner, while $4.2 million goes to governmental departments such as the Constitutional offices and county administration, and $3.5 million goes to public safety and the judicial system. Health and welfare receive aro...

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