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Public gets opportunity to weigh in on Mathews budget

County residents and representatives of agencies were given an opportunity to weigh in on next year’s county budget during a public input meeting held by the Mathews Board of Supervisors last Wednesday, Feb. 7.

In a brief presentation, County Administrator Mindy Conner told those present that 80 percent of the county’s budget revenue comes from local taxes, while 17 percent comes from the state. There is some federal money, she said, but it’s mostly filtered through the state, and the county hasn’t had any direct federal grants in a few years.

Real estate taxes provide 88.3 percent of local revenue, or $11,690,000, said Conner, while personal property taxes contribute 9.5 percent, or $1,267,000. The remaining 2 percent, or around $277,000, comes from such income as permit fees, fines, charges for service, and use of property, she said. The total revenue the board will be working with in setting the budget, she said, is $13,233,853.

On the expenditure side, Co...

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