Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
So I hope it’s OK that it’s a little bit late–I don’t have the budget dedication of the person who commented at 4 this morning. I did, however, dream about budgets last night. I hope that counts, although I don’t know what this says about my psyche.
“While we certainly appreciate the work that went into the budget preparation by staff, two important items remain missing: a line-item budget and a tax cut. Spotsylvania’s first tax cut since 1975 will create jobs and give the region’s long-beleagured homeowners some welcome relief.”
County Administrator Doug Barnes said that if the budget would give one penny back per $100 assessed, the average Spotsylvanian will get $17 back per year. The county would have to cut more than $1 million in services. I checked the math this morning, and if you take the average county home worth $173,605 (this is the mean home value, for those of you who care about these things) it does work out.
From comments last night during and after the meeting, it looks like some supervisors will want to see cuts in service in the final budget.