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Mathews supervisors to discuss budget surplus Tuesday

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors will hear a report from the county’s auditor, Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates at Tuesday’s 1 p.m. meeting in the historic courthouse on Court Street.

According to Mathews County Administrator Mindy Conner, the $1.25 million surplus in county revenue reported to the board during the November meeting was based on the audit. In that report, Conner stated that the surplus was due to the 2017 increase in the real estate tax, higher-than-projected personal property tax revenues, and lower-than-budgeted expenditures.

Conner said that the audit won’t be available to the public until after the board has seen it. However, she answered questions about the surplus. She said that the county always runs a surplus and that it would be “a difficult, bad year if we did not have a surplus.

“I hope people would not be upset about a surplus,” she said. “It’s a positive thing. We would not have the surplus if we had...

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