York Supervisors to Host Public Hearing on Proposed County Budget

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The Board of Supervisors were presented with the proposed budget for the coming year on March 17. (Marie Albiges/WYDaily)
The Board of Supervisors were presented with the proposed budget for the coming year on March 17. (Marie Albiges/WYDaily)

The Board of Supervisors is seeking feedback from citizens on the county’s $133.4 million proposed budget that is slated to be approved May 5.

A public hearing on the proposed budget, which calls for no tax increase, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in York Hall.

This is the third year in a row no tax increase has been proposed, leaving the real estate tax, which makes up more than half of the county’s revenue, at 75 cents per every $100 in assessed value – one of the lowest in Hampton Roads.

The York County School Division has asked for an additional $1.03 million to fund Superintendent Victor Shandor’s three priorities: replacement buses, replacement technology infrastructure and salary raises for teachers.

Under York’s proposed budget, the school division would receive $51,275,444 from the county, leaving Shandor with a $671,000 gap to close.

School Board Chairman Mark Medford said in early April salary increases would not be cut in order to address the shortfall.

The county’s total amount of new revenue amounts to $950,000, with $361,000 of it proposed to go to the schools.

At the last joint work session with the school board, Interim County Administrator Mark Carter said new buses and upgraded technology — estimated to cost a total of about $1.3 million — could be funded by one-time year-end funds from the current budget, which ends June 30.

During that meeting, the two boards agreed to push funding for the new elementary school — needed because of overcapacity issues in the Magruder and Yorktown zones — to fiscal year 2017, and focus instead on important repair and renovation projects such as the $2.9 million renovation of Bethel Manor Elementary and roof repairs at York High, Bethel Manor Elementary and Yorktown Elementary as part of the $20.6 million in spending proposed in fiscal year 2016.

At the county’s first public hearing in January, two citizens attended and suggested more funding for bike paths and the arts. 

After the public hearing Thursday, the Board of Supervisors will officially adopt the budget at 6 p.m. May 5 in York Hall.

Update 4/27/15: This story has been updated to reflect the Board of Supervisors’ cancellation of the April 28 and April 30 work sessions. The board’s next meeting will be May 5, when they formally adopt the budget. 

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