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Spotsy supervisors reestablish budget advisory committee

The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors last night unanimously voted to reestablish the Citizen Budget Review Committee.

Each supervisor will recommend one resident for the seven-member committee, which will make recommendations on spending county funds “wisely and efficiently,” according to its mission statement.

“I think that their job is to dig into the budget and look for every potential area to save money and make those recommendations to supervisors,” Supervisor Timothy McLaughlin said at last night’s meeting.

County Administrator Doug Barnes had recommended that the committee include up to five members selected by the county’s finance committee. Residents interested in serving would’ve had to submit applications and have experience in public or private sector budgeting.

Supervisors would’ve approved the finance committee’s nominations, based on Barnes’ recommendation.

But McLaughlin said he thought each supervisor should be allowed to appoint someone without having them vetted by the finance committee.

Previously, the Citizen Budget Review Committee included up to 10 members—one appointment by each supervisor and up to three additional appointments.