The focus for Mathews County government in 2014 will continue to be the impact of the state budget and state and federal mandates on the county and its residents, according to county administrator Mindy Moran.
For the sixth year in a row, Mathews and other local governments nationwide will have to contend with the ongoing financial challenges caused by the national economic downturn, said Moran, adding that in many ways, these challenges have become “the new normal.”
High unemployment and underemployment continue to have a major impact on families and tax revenues within the county, she said. While local revenues remain relatively stable, state funding for education and other purposes will continue to be well below the levels of 2007 and earlier.
The payments toward retirement for school system employees that the Virginia General Assembly has delayed will begin to come due this year, causing additional stress on the budge...
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