21 April 2015
For the first time in recent memory the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a budget and tax rate.
Wednesday night (April 15) supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt a fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budget of $68.3 million with a corresponding real property tax rate of 89.9 cents per $100 valuation and a personal property tax rate of $4.35 per $100 valuation. These new rates constitute a 3.5-cent increase over the equalized real property tax rate of 86 cents and a 20-cent increase from the 2014 personal property tax rate of $4.15. The real estate taxes of the average Fluvanna homeowner will increase by $74 from $1,634 to $1,708.
“A 5-0 vote by a Board of our composition sends a powerful message that compromise was reached to address the needs and concerns of the county,” said Supervisor Tony O’Brien after the meeting. “This is a recognition that the county has some real needs, and it’s rare when you have all five supervisors saying, ‘This is the right thing for the county at this point in time.’ I think that speaks volumes as to the hard work and dedication of staff and of supervisors to find that compromise.”
Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch agreed. “I think this Board as a group of five worked very well together this year,” he said, “and I think we did the people’s work with a lot of compromise and a lot of thinking. I mean, a 5-0 vote doesn’t happen very often, and I think it’s a tribute to all five of us who took the time to work together.”
“What can I say?” said Chairperson Mozell Booker with a wide smile. “I have to give credit to the Board members for really trying to compromise. When we had our work sessions they made sure they brought people in to address their questions, and they didn’t take no for an answer. They looked for ways to make it work.”