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No tax increase expected in K.G.

King George County residents will get their chance to comment on the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year April 16. 

The Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. that day in the board room of the Revercomb Administration Center.

The $64.5 million spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 includes no tax increases. Real estate taxes will remain at 53 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The budget includes $1 million more for schools than the current year and 2 percent raises for all county employees—although half of that will go to offset increases in the Virginia Retirement System. Six fire and rescue workers will be hired for the Fairview Beach station, and the county will upgrade several positions from part time to full time.

One budget matter that’s still being discussed is the salary of General Registrar Lorrie Gump. In February, the county’s Electoral Board asked the supervisors to raise her salary by at least $10,000 to put her on par with other department heads.

Supervisors pointed out that more than 80 percent of her salary is provided by the state, and that their complaint should be taken to state legislators.

But Larry Kyle, chairman of the Electoral Board, clearly was disturbed about the budget process when he spoke to supervisors at their meeting last week. He said he thought his board would have a chance to talk with them in-depth about it, but that never happened.

He also said the supervisors’ 2 percent raise for employees, across the board, effectively lowered her salary.

Supervisor Chairman Dale Sisson Jr. said that was not the case at all. He and County Administrator Travis Quesenberry will meet with the Electoral Board on Thursday , April 11, to discuss the matter.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425

cdyson@freelancestar.com

 

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