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Utility rate increase effective immediately

The King George Service Authority voted to raise rates and fees by 8 percent at last week’s me...

School budget reflects higher enrollment

The King George Board of Supervisors amended the 2014-15 school board budget to reflect increased re...

Colonial Beach Council approves 6-cent tax increase

The Colonial Beach Town Council has approved the advertised budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The ...

Montross to mark Fourth of July with Art Walk and Market Days

Montross to mark Fourth of July with Art Walk and Market Days

Montross is planning a celebratory Independence Day festival with music, an Art Walk and a busy Mark...

Beach plans July 4th spectacular

Beach plans July 4th spectacular

Come celebrate America's 239th  year of independence in Colonial Beach. Stroll the beach, swim,...

King George celebrates Independence Day at “Patriotic Polooza”

King George celebrates Independence Day at “Patriotic Polooza”

Ten-year-old Nathan Moody had good laugh as he was pitched off the mechanical bull at Saturday&rsquo...

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Utility rate increase effective immediately

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

The King George Service Authority voted to raise rates and fees by 8 percent at last week’s meeting. Connection fees will not change.

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Colonial Beach

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The bombs bursting in air...

Tuesday, 07 July 2015
The bombs bursting in air...

Residents of Colonial Beach enjoyed a grand time Saturday night as the town set off fireworks to mark America’s 239 birthday. The show capped off a weekend of activities  celebrating freedo...

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Art Walk, Market Day mark Fourth

Tuesday, 07 July 2015
Art Walk, Market Day mark Fourth

The historic town of Montross celebrated the Fourth of July with wine, music, art and a courthouse square collection of crafts, produce, antiques and gifts.

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Sports

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Spotsy YMCA over Eden Estate Eels

Tuesday, 07 July 2015
Spotsy YMCA over Eden Estate Eels

The individual standouts for the Eden Estates meet versus host and defending Nation Division champion Spotsylvania YMCA were triple winners Rudy Morrow, and Sally Owens.

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Harrison Maurice Lucas

Tuesday, 09 June 2015

Harrison Maurice Lucas, 77 of King George, VA, passed away Monday June 8, 2015 at his home.

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Outdoors Report - July 8, 2015

Tuesday, 07 July 2015

We had a large influx of rain during the weekend in the rivers and lakes again. This has to be one of the wettest summers we have had in a long time, but the fishing still is quite good.

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County budget surplus projected; School Board deficits looming

The King George Board of Supervisors heard good news and bad news at last week’s meeting on March 19 when reviewing monthly financial reports for 2012-13 provided by Donita Harper, director of finance and deputy county administrator.

First the good news:  Harper pointed out that the county is projecting a year-end surplus of over $400,000, though it could change between now and the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

That is largely due to tight reins held by Travis Quesenberry, county administrator, on spending, including some positions in the budget that are unfilled. There is also more revenue than budgeted, from several sources, due to conservative estimating by Harper.

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Now the bad news:  Moving on to the School Board’s numbers for the current year, Harper also pointed out, as she has in previous months, that the School Board will be showing deficits due to under-budgeting for new Virginia Retirement System (VRS) costs that went into effect at the beginning of the fiscal year.

That was brought home to Supervisors last week when they saw the beginning of that deficit beginning to appear, with a $24,000 deficit indicated. Harper said the deficit amount could be as high as $500,000.

When the budget was approved in the end of April 2012 for the current fiscal year, 2012-13, an effort was made to take into account last-minute changes in state legislation to address payments to the Virginia Retirement System for all employees, including varying percentage amounts on behalf of county employees, Constitutional employees and school employees.
At the time, Quesenberry said that costs for VRS were still being sorted out and higher adjustments to the budget could be needed in upcoming months, adding his comment indicating that $800,000 would be a worst-case scenario.

Last week, he reminded the board of that discussion that took place nearly a year ago, noting that when the county adopted its budget and the figure for schools, the amount for the division was not calculated high enough to cover the actual new VRS costs. They knew that at the time, but were not sure of the calculation needed.

It was instead decided to address it later during the fiscal year.  ‘Later’ is now beginning to show up.

Harper told Supervisors last week, “As you will see over the next few months that deficit is going to grow, as they start spending more funds.”

Chairman Dale Sisson has been suggesting all along during monthly financial reports that when the amount is known, it needs to be communicated to Supervisors.

Last week he said again, “They should be talking with us.” Harper said she’s discussed it with division Superintendent Rob Benson, adding that he is expected to start providing his own projections for the monthly financial reports.

Joe Grzeika suggested that Harper project the unbudgeted VRS costs, adding that Benson should also be tasked to estimate the amounts to cover that.

Sisson stated, “You need to get those numbers back from the School Board as soon as they are available.”

Grzeika added, “And we still want some rigor on the expenditures. Just because we’re going to cover it doesn’t mean to just go whole hog on everything else.” Sisson agreed, saying, “It can’t be a one-sided solution. It’s got to be a joint solution.”
Regarding the current-year budget reports for the School Board, Harper also indicated that she had adjusted projected revenue figures for the division to correspond to an ADM of 4,102, which is the current number. The budget had been based on a lower ADM of 4,089. She said the ADM number would be finalized on March 31.

The deficit amount also has implications for next year’s School Board budgeting.

Supervisors are proposing to provide $1 million more in local funds to the School Board for 2013-14 when compared to the current year’s adopted budget.

But if the 2012-13 adopted budget amount for schools is expected to get additional amendments to appropriate as much as $500,000 more for the current fiscal year, that is a similar amount for VRS that is carried forward for as cost in the next fiscal year.

That makes the $1 million more in local funding (compared to the existing adopted school budget) proposed for next year seem to actually provide a lot less leeway in budgeting by Benson and the School Board.

That means it will be another tight budget year for King George, both for the county and the school division.

Phyllis Cook

 

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