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Mathews board mulls budget options

Mathews County supervisors heard some budget options during a work session on Tuesday night.

County Administrator Mindy Conner said that she had started out by creating a first draft of the budget that included full funding of all of the requests that had been made of the county.

She said such a budget would have a deficit of $1.07 million from projected revenues, and that fully funding it would require a real estate tax increase of 6.7 cents per $100 of assessed value.

She emphasized to the board that the county’s budget “must balance” and can’t have a deficit. She then laid out all of the numbers the board will need to consider in deciding what the budget will be.

Projected revenues

The board’s budget goals are to have no tax increase and to fund priorities, said Conner. She then discussed projected revenues for the coming year. Reminding board members that real estate tax revenues fund more than 85 percent of the budget, she said that she expects no increase in reven...

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