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Small turnout for Gloucester budget hearing

Only about a dozen residents turned out for a hearing on the county’s proposed $63.99 million operating budget last Wednesday night at the T.C. Walker Education Center. But they offered the Gloucester Board of Supervisors a myriad of suggestions during the 1½-hour meeting.

The board did not vote on the budget or proposed tax rates at the meeting. County Administrator Brent Fedors said the board is expected to adopt the budget and accompanying schedule of tax rates on April 17.

April Tavares of Fleming Rilee Lane, located off Route 17 south of Gloucester Court House, said the county needs more animal control staff. She said there’s a feral cat problem in her neighborhood, with her pet cat injured by several of the feral cats to the tune of $300 in medical bills.

And people are at risk, too, she said, as the feral cats have hissed at her, but not yet attacked her. She is concerned because children are often outside playing in the neighborhood and could be attacked.

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