Pay raises, teachers’ contracts and a proposal to eliminate or reduce taxes for aircraft owners topped the agenda at the Louisa County Board of Supervisors’ public hearing on the budget Monday night.
County Administrator Robert Dubé advised supervisors that the $103.7 million budget includes a two percent bump in pay for school and county staff and an additional one percent to cover Virginia Retirement System costs.
Real estate taxes and merchants capital taxes will remain at .65 per $100, tangible personal property and machinery and tools rates will stay at $1.90 per $100, and aircraft rates are currently proposed to remain steady at .48 per $100.
The county anticipates gaining 2.6 percent more revenue from real estate taxes in the coming year due to slightly higher property assessments. Also expected to generate extra income during the next budget cycle are the meals tax and revenue recovery program.
Meals tax revenues are estimated at 18.7 percent more, or $890,000 total, compared to this year’s $750,000. Revenue recovery funds are expected to make a big leap of 61 percent more at $890,000 versus this year’s $512,292.
Fitzgerald Barnes (Patrick Henry district supervisor) told board members he would like to find money within the proposed budget, without changing the numbers, for two projects.
He wants repairs made at the high school track, which he said has been damaged due to drainage problems, and to begin development of a county park on Shortman’s Road on property donated by Charles and Janet Purcell.
To read the entire story, see the May 9 edition of The Central Virginian.