25 March 2014
The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday (Mar. 19) to advertise a real property tax increase of almost 11 percent to pay looming costs, some of which are mandatory.
Supervisors faced pre-existing and new debt service, infrastructure repairs, a contract with the University of Virginia to supplement Fluvanna’s emergency medical services, increases in health insurance and required contributions to Virginia Retirement System (VRS) for the schools, and a higher bill for correction and detention.
When citizens had a chance to weigh in during public comments, only two spoke regarding the budget. Seth Matula urged the Board to consider the needs of the county and not to pass a tax rate that would “cause any more issues or problems [like] we’ve had in the last couple years.”
Bill Sullivan said, “We all knew 12 months ago this budget was going to be a tough one, no matter who was elected or no matter what was said or done, we were going to be looking at a brutal budget year.” He went on to remind supervisors of the so-called “sustainable” tax rate of 68 cents supported by some on the Board in 2012, which would have equalized, he said, to about 90 cents – two cents more than the rate currently under consideration.