The Louisa County Board of Supervisors set its financial agenda for FY 2014-15 during its meeting on Monday, June 2, approving a three-cent real estate tax increase, and adopting a $92.8 million operations budget and a $5.7 million Capital Improvements Plan budget.
The budget includes giving Louisa County Public Schools a local transfer of $2.3 million more than last year, which enables the school board to give teachers half of their originally planned step increase and covers additional mandated expenses.
The schools plan to meet its budget by reducing school personnel through attrition and has already cut two instructional assistant positions.
County employees will also get a small boost in their paychecks with the supervisors agreeing to fund an additional one percent Virginia Retirement System increase and a one percent raise for staff.
Supervisors debated whether to give staff an increase of up to as much as three percent, but did not gain the support of the majority of board members. Those who supported the failed three percent raise motion were Supervisor Richard Havasy (Green Springs district) and Chairman Willie Gentry (Cuckoo district).
“It’s been quite some time since we’ve given our employees what we’d call a reasonable raise,” Supervisor Richard Havasy (Green Springs district) said. “We have so many quality people in this county, but unfortunately because of morale, we may be losing production and people in the years ahead.”
To read the entire story, see the June 5 edition of The Central Virginian.