Mineral Town Council has forced themselves into a superfluous public hearing to amend part of their 2013-2014 budget after spending nearly $400,000 to refurbish the lining of the town’s sewage system.
In total, the town spent more than $421,000 out of a reserve fund to finance the project, which began in early February. Approval for the project was given by members of council, but a public hearing to appropriate more funds was not held, which goes against the rules of the Virginia State Code.
According to the code, localities may amend their budgets to adjust amounts to be appropriated during the budget’s fiscal year. However, according to Section 15.2-2507, “Any such amendment which exceeds one percent of the total expenditures shown in the currently adopted budget must be accomplished by publishing a notice of a meeting and a public hearing once in a newspaper having general circulation in that locality at least seven days prior to the meeting date.”
To read the entire story, see the June 19 edition of The Central Virginian.