WISE — The county goes into the 2019-20 fiscal year expecting local revenue to be down by $1.1 million compared to the current year, County Administrator Michael Hatfield told county supervisors Monday.
General property tax income is down, as is sales tax revenue, he said.
On the other hand, federal and state school funds will increase by more than $1.94 million.
In April, supervisors approved a 7-cent property tax increase for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Of that, revenue from three cents is dedicated to paying school construction debt. Two cents is dedicated to overall general fund needs. The final two cents is to be put aside for possible future county office capital projects.
Project expenditures compared to fiscal year 2018-19 include a school debt increase of $660,000; a Virginia Retirement System cost increase from 11.22 to 11.44 percent; a health insurance cost increase of 11.1 percent with an employee portion increase of the same amount; several mandated or required increases in certain departments; and a 3 percent cost of living increase for all county employees.
A slight decrease in capital outlay expenses and a $176,000 decrease in landfill costs are expected.
Major budget costs, Hatfield noted, include:
• Social services is budgeted at nearly $9.48 million, with 13 percent of that funded locally.
• Law enforcement and 911 are budgeted at more than $4.8 million, of which $2.5 million will be funded by the state.
• Regional jail funding will increase about $200,000 to roughly $3.45 million.
• Landfill and trash collection costs are budgeted at nearly $2.99 million.
• The commonwealth attorney’s office is budgeted at nearly $1.3 million, with $765,000 of that coming from the state.
The board voted 5-3 to take the budget to public hearing. Supervisors Robby Robbins, Bobby Cassell, Dana Kilgore, Bob Adkins and Fred Luntsford voted to set the hearing, while Steve Bates, J.H. Rivers and John Schoolcraft were opposed.