Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at email@example.com or at 540/735-1975.
Talking Afternoon Work Session Blues
A song Woody Guthrie never got around to…
There really isn’t anything to be blue about during this Stafford Board of Supervisors meeting.
The meatiest bone so far has been a brief presentation on the fiscal Year 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program. The CIP is the schedule for building/renovating/improving buildings, roads, parks and other physical elements of the county infrastructure. Discussions are still in the preliminary stage and while the board is shooting for a Dec. 14 public hearing, it sounded like that date might well get pushed back as specifics are debated.
The broad issue so far is this: the county has a five year borrowing “ceiling” of $203.8 million if it wants to meet its financial goals year-to-year. Right now, the county figures on $102 million in expenses over those five years, while the schools have an approved CIP of $176.1 million over that same time. Obviously, that far exceeds the $203.8 million ceiling.
Solutions will be discussed in the future but the first suggestion–from the county government side–is that the county determines the cost of their needs, then the schools fit their needs into the remaining amount.
That suggestion didn’t go over so well with the school’s Chief Facilities Officer Scott Horan, but as I said–discussions will continue. Starting at a joint School Board / Board of Supervisors meeting at 5 p.m. today in conference room A/B/C.