24 February 2015
The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday night (Feb. 18) to advertise a real property tax rate of 93.5 cents, up 7.5 cents or 8.7 percent from fiscal year 2016’s equalized rate of 86 cents per $100 valuation – if it sticks.
Supervisors vote to advertise a tax rate that may or may not end up being the actual tax rate for the county. They can set the tax rate at or lower than the rate they advertise, but cannot raise it without re-advertising to the public – a usually prohibitive process that would delay the implementation of a budget until June, County Administrator Steve Nichols said.
Only about three citizens stayed for the vote who were not county staff, news reporters, or directly affiliated with the public school system.
Fluvanna County Superintendent Gena Keller began the budget talk by presenting the schools’ budget request. “We asked for what we needed,” she told supervisors.
Keller requested $16.5 million in local funds, or $1.243 million above local funding from last year: $190,000 to cover a state funding drop, $253,000 for salaries, $313,000 for health insurance, $188,000 for additional staff and professional development, and $300,000 for technology replacement.
Forthcoming state legislation could change the amount of her request, lowering it to $1.12 million or raising it to $1.275 million.