Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Spotsylvania Supervisors Cut Spending!? Whaddayaknow!

While it shouldn't need to be an "announcement" that the BOS did the right thing financially by ordering cuts across the board by as much as TEN percent. In modern-age Spotsylvania, it seems to be a rare thing. Kudos to the yea-sayers that cuts can and MUST be done at this point. I don't envy the poor souls that could be let go under these tough circumstances, so I'm praying that we can come up with 10% saving in non-essential cuts like breakroom coffee and the annual painting of lines on parking spaces and such, rather than layoffs. All in all, the county employees do a darn good job.

You don't have to read too deeply into this story to see where Gary Skinner's loyalties lie; not with the average taxpayer. Thankfully, he's in the minority (still) on this board in thinking we shouldn't cut taxes, but rather 'raise' them.

It must be hard for ole Gary being on the accountability side of the spending fence (no longer on the school board who spends like money falls from the sky.) I do like that he says he's doing what his constituents tell him too, that's good representation. I just don't believe he's talked to the "constituents" who aren't also our school superintendent.

from today's FLS:

The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors approved more budget cuts last night to make up for projected revenue losses.

Budget staff told supervisors that fiscal year 2009 revenue projections were already down by $9.1 million, and they projected another $2.1 million drop.

The biggest drops are in recordation taxes, which are collected when a home sells or is refinanced, sales tax, and personal property tax.

They did not recommend that supervisors make adjustments to the projected revenue budget until they get more data in the next 30 days. However, they warned that revenues are not likely to improve, and will probably drop even more.

Supervisors decided to:
Order department heads to cut FY 2009 budgets by 2 percent, in addition to the 1 percent they have already cut. They also asked department heads to prepare an additional 7 percent in cuts. Ask the school system to cut 2 percent from its fiscal year 2009 budget, a $2.4 million cut on top of the $1.2 million the school system did not spend in the last fiscal budget that supervisors kept. Historically, that money, called carryover funds, is returned to the schools.

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At September 24, 2008 at 8:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed that Gary Skinner voted against the budget cuts and started shilling for tax hikes again.

Thank heavens he only has one year left.


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