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Mathews supervisors consider $33.648M budget

Mathews supervisors discussed budget priorities with new County Administrator Ramona Wilson during a budget work session Monday night in the historic courthouse.

In her initial presentation to the board, Wilson said she had prepared a budget worksheet for the $19.685 million county portion of an overall $33.648 million budget, based on last year’s adopted budget.

The guidelines she went by included maintaining revenue-neutral expenditures, having no tax increase or decrease, and funding any budget increases with recurring revenue rather than one-time funds. She said she had allowed level funding for the schools and that she still needed to evaluate employee salaries and benefits.

“These are big assumptions, since we don’t have a state budget yet,” she said, adding that fuel expenses, especially for the sheriff’s office, will likely increase, and there’s a possibility that the schools might not get all the funding that was included in the state budget (which was prepared by fo...

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