Supervisors discuss school funding; approve various items

By Heather Michon

The Fluvanna Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday (April 5) for a relatively short regular meeting followed by a budget work session. Among the items approved were:

The proclamation observing Child Abuse Awareness Month;

The advertisement of a public hearing on May 17 on VDOT’s Secondary Six-Year Plan for area roads;

Changes to the Small Purchasing Procedures policy, including lifting the cap on vehicle purchases that qualify as “small purchases” to $200,000. Due to the increased costs of vehicles and the tight supply of vehicles on the market, county officials hope that lifting the cap from $100,000 to $200,000 will give them some new options in purchasing vehicles since invitations to bid and other procurement processes have not been working in the current competitive market;

Shifting $101,000 to the sheriff’s office for the purchase of two new vehicles;

Approving $844,000 in purchase orders and participation agreements for lighting at the soccer and softball fields at Pleasant Grove, as well as the nearby parking lot.

Following dinner recess and a closed session, supervisors reconvened for a budget work session, where they continued their discussion of school funding.

Fluvanna County Public Schools requested $2.67 million above their FY23 request, in part to raise salaries to competitive levels with neighboring school districts. Supervisors have so far set aside $2.25 million on their budget worksheet.

With the deadline to pass the budget fast approaching, County Administrator Eric Dahl encouraged supervisors to make their final decisions at their next work session. The vote on the FY24 budget and tax rates is expected on April 19.

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