Budget Work Session

Board Conference Room
600 North Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22664

MINUTES OF THE BUDGET WORK SESSION OF

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

March 20, 2018

A Budget Work Session of the Board of Supervisors was held at 1:00 p.m. in the Board Room, 600 North Main Street, Woodstock, Virginia on March 20, 2018. The following members of the Board of Supervisors were present: Chairman Conrad A. Helsley, Vice Chairman Dick Neese, Steve Baker, Richard Walker, Karl Roulston and Dennis Morris.   Others present included County Administrator Mary T. Price, Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass and Director of Finance Harrison Nicholson.                 

Topics of Discussion:

  1. Budget Discussion including Education.

The Board discussed and deliberated on various budget issues on which decisions had been deferred in order to balance the budget.

Dr. Mark Johnston confirmed that he has presented FY2019 School Division recommendations to the school board and provided budget books to each board member.

  1. Establishing a tax rate for the purpose of advertising.

Chairman Helsley asked board members to offer a proposed tax rate for the purpose of advertising in the local newspaper for the public hearing on April 5, 2018, adding that this does not establish an approved rate, only an advertised rate.

The majority of board members agreed to advertise for $ .66 Real Estate Tax Rate and

$ 3.90 Personal Property Tax Rate.

Supervisor Roulston commented about a sustainable tax rate so that there would not be so many unexpected budget surprises year to year and he asked about a Farm Machinery tax and when the County last taxed for those items.

Kathy Black , Commissioner of Revenue said the last time a tax was applied for Farm Machinery was in 1998 and stated that records no longer exist for that time frame.

Supervisor Morris suggested that a meals tax is needed in the County to help generate revenue.

Supervisor Baker preferred alternate methods to earn revenue instead of the farm machinery tax.

Supervisor Roulston worried that new taxes require a referendum to get on the ballot where as existing taxes are already in existence but not being used.

With no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 4:04 p.m.

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Conrad A. Helsley, Chairman

ATTEST:  __________________________

Mary T. Price, Clerk of the Board

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