Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Spotsy has been well-represented in the news this weekend. I was out of town and so didn’t get to update you, but here are a few highlights:
- A letter to the editor about Spotsy’s budget. I’m not sure I fully understand the letter from Greg Cebula, but he is upset about the supervisors voting early and in a work session on the tax rate. I reported some on these concerns during a story today about the budget. Cebula also seems upset that his comments from the March 24 public hearing weren’t reported. So here are the highlights from his presentation: He’s the Berkeley Chairman of the Citizens Budget Watchdog Committee, a group which recommended an 81-cent tax rate last year. He spoke about the surplus: “That extra $6 million could have been used for our taxpayers to help with higher food and fuel bills.” He also suggested that schools reduce their budget. And he asked for the next tax rate to be “81 cents or lower.”
- Another editorial, this one from The Free Lance-Star staff, looked into the minority issue and redistricting. The editorial urged the county to be colorblind in creating districts. That’s not entirely possible, as the requirement to not dilute minority populations means that a lot of the redistricting efforts focus on the county’s minorities.
- And my predecessor, Dan Telvock, won first place in the Virginia Press Association’s investigative reporting category for his work on the Feb. 5 2010 fatal fire that took the life of Sandy Hill. So congratulations, Dan, on all of your hard work.
And looking ahead, tonight we have the redistricting community input meeting, 6:30 p.m., at the Holbert Building.