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Questions still remain as Gloucester prepares for adoption of its budget

In anticipation of adopting the county’s $114 million fiscal year 2015-2016 budget tonight, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors spent more than five hours Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse discussing potential cuts and additions, going line by line, in the proposed budget.

A lot of questions remain unanswered for tonight’s budget adoption meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7 o’clock, also in the colonial courthouse.

The proposed budget has been balanced at an equalized real estate tax rate of 68 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is three cents higher than this year’s rate. However, with the latest real estate assessment, the county will realize less revenue because property assessments are generally lower.

At the beginning of Tuesday night’s work session, Petsworth district supervisor Michael Winebarger said none of his constituents want to see a tax rate increase and made the motion to balance the budget with maintaining a 65-c...

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