The Mathews County Board of Supervisors was unable to pass the annual county budget on Tuesday, casting a tie vote in the absence of one member. Supervisor Melissa Mason didn’t arrive until the meeting was almost over, saying that her mother was sick. She was late to last month’s meeting for the same reason.
Chairman Mike Rowe and supervisor Amy Dubois voted to approve the balanced budget, which contained no increase from last year and required no tax increase. It was the subject of a brief public hearing earlier this month that drew no objections from the public.
Supervisor Paul Hudgins was the lead dissenter on the budget, asking that the board have a workshop first in order to discuss the funding for a regional public safety radio system that has been requested as an emergency need by the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office, Mathews Volunteer Fire Department, and Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad. Supervisor Jackie Ingram joined him in his dissent.
Research on the radio system be...
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