22 April 2014
In a surprising first for Fluvanna County, supervisors passed the fiscal year 2015 capital improvements plan, operational budget, and tax rate without any discussion whatsoever.
After their meeting Wednesday night (April 16), Chairperson Mozell Booker and Supervisor Don Weaver confirmed that neither could remember a time when that had happened before.
By a vote of 3-2, with Weaver and Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch dissenting, the Board adopted a real property tax rate of 88 cents per $100 valuation to fund an operational budget of $80.1 million. This budget includes the capital improvement plan (CIP) budget of $15.6 million. Supervisors also approved the CIP for fiscal years 2016-2019, but it remains flexible.
Supervisors have spent several meetings and work sessions discussing the budget, most notably having what Supervisor Tony O’Brien called a “robust” conversation on the night of the public hearing. And under the leadership of Booker, who routinely asks each supervisor in turn for his opinion, Board members have a good idea of where the others stand. “I think we already knew pretty well how things were,” said Weaver.