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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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Budget Talk

County Administrator Randy Wheeler presented a fiscal year 2009 budget to supervisors that recommends no new projects or employees.

He recommended keeping the tax rate at the current rate of 62 cents. That budget still presents a 6 cent tax increase because the equalized rate would have to be 56 cents.

But what if he were to entertain staff directors’ requests for additional employees? County department directors presented Wheeler with requests for a total of 134 new employees, worth $23.5 million. If he supported all of those positions, that would require an additional 16 cents on the tax rate.

Of the General Fund department job requests, the sheriff and fire and rescue led the way. The sheriff requested 17 new employees including 14 detectives.

The fire and rescue director requested 16 new employees including six firefighters for the new station in Salem Fields and six firefighters as "floaters" which means they can work at any station that needs the manpower.

Animal Control requested two new wardens.

Social Services requested two new social workers for child protective services, two eligibility workers and one social worker for welfare reform.