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Mathews considers $24M budget

Mathews County supervisors are eyeing a total county budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $23.96 million for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, reflecting a possible increase of around $112,000 over the current operating budget.

On Tuesday, board chairman O.J. Cole described the draft budget submitted by County Administrator Mindy Moran as “a real good starting point.” After painstakingly going through the numbers suggested by Moran and requested by School Superintendent Dr. David Holleran and Social Services Director JoAnn Harfst, the board decided to have another budget meeting at 5:30 tonight to decide what will be advertised for public hearing.

Holleran submitted a total school division budget of $13.5 million, of which he asked that the county contribute $7.5 million, a decrease from last year’s budget of around $30,500.

Supervisors questioned the amount of the request. Supervisor Janine Burns pointed out that the final payment on school construction bonds was made...

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