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Mathews gets some good budget news

Retiring Mathews County Administrator Steve Whiteway gave the Mathews Board of Supervisors a bit of good news during a budget work session last Wednesday.

The county’s 2012-2013 proposed $23.66 million budget includes raises for county workers and school personnel and full funding of the school board’s $12.4 million budget request, but it doesn’t require an increase in real estate taxes. In fact, if the budget remains as it is, residents will see a 5 percent decrease in personal property taxes in the upcoming budget cycle.

Several factors are working in the county’s favor this year in terms of decreased expenses. Whiteway explained to the board that funding for the regional jail will be $87,375 less next year because of decreased usage and that there will be substantial savings in the area of waste management. The loan for construction of the waste transfer station has been paid off, erasing a $70,000+ annual debt, and the transfer station is being used le...

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