Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Code Compliance Revenues Continue Decline
The Code Compliance Department continues to fall short of revenue projections. Work is so slow that revenues are expected to be $1.3 million short through the end of June 30, 2010.
The Code Compliance Fund will be $700,000 short after using $600,000 in general fund tax dollars. Now the department needs to tap into the $2.6 million in general fund tax dollars and Capital Projects funds the supervisors held in a safety net account to cover the shortfall.
According to the approved fiscal year 2010 budget, the Code Compliance Department consists of the Building and Zoning departments and it has:
- Elimination of nine positions during FY 09:
- Building: three Residential Combination Code Inspectors, and one Residential Plan Reviewer
- Zoning/Erosion: one Zoning Assistant, one Environmental Engineer, and three ESC Inspectors
- Elimination of seven positions in FY 10:
- Building: two Residential Combination Code Inspectors,
- Zoning/Erosion: one ESC Supervisor, one ESC Inspector and one Code Enforcement Officer
- Building and Zoning/Erosion shared positions: one Office Manager II and one Permits Technician.
- Reductions in overtime.
- Reductions in advertising, subsistence & lodging, dues & association fees, janitorial services and books & subscriptions.
In the fiscal year 2008 budget there were 56 employees in those two divisions. In the 2010 budget, there are 34 employees.