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$1M projected for June end-of-year deficit

   The King George Board of Supervisors got its latest financial report from Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper, saying she was currently projecting a year-end deficit on June 30 of $1,048,530.  The report was provided at a meeting on January 22.
   The current $1M deficit projection gave the county’s financial standing as of the end of December, which included that month’s tax collections for the second half of the calendar year.  
   Harper noted that the $1M deficit projection for the county’s general fund was down about $300K from her December projection when a $1.3M deficit was being projected.  
   At the December meeting, the Board had directed additional efficiencies and cuts, including indefinitely postponing annual pay-for-performance raises that were scheduled to go into effect January 1.  Those raises were to have added up to 2 percent.  
The other directives made in December that likely contributed to the current lower projected deficit included:
   ~ Hiring freeze for all full and part-time position vacancies – anticipated to save about $100,000.  That does not include filling the vacancy of Director of    Economic Development due to the resignation of Theresa O’Quinn earlier this month.
   ~ Overtime freeze, except for emergencies, unless approved by the County Administrator – anticipated to save about $100,000.
   ~ 3 percent spending reductions by county agencies and departments – anticipated to save about $600,000.
   ~ All purchases going forward are to be based on operational necessity, with requisitions to be reviewed by the County Administrator/Deputy – anticipated to save about $200,000
   Harper said the top contributors to the current deficit are lower revenues from real estate taxes, recordation taxes, state categorical aid for Social Services, state Board of Compensation, and interest income.
   Those collections represent 90 percent of the projected deficit, currently adding up to a year-end shortage of revenues versus budget of $1.6M.
   There is no question that the county will end the fiscal year with the budget balanced on June 30.  That’s one of the reasons why the county is required to carry an undesignated “rainy day” fund.
ALSO AT THE JANUARY 22, 2009 MEETING:  
   o     REQUEST FOR FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS     States have been asked to submit “shovel ready” projects to the federal government for potential funding under the stimulus package legislation currently in the U.S. Senate.
   Supervisors authorized a letter to Governor Tim Kaine with a list of such projects from King George.  The list included:  
    $2.9M for construction of an animal pound, $15.3M for construction of a Sheriff’s Department;
    $11.3M for construction of a Health and Human Resources building;
    $9.8M for construction of a new operations center;
    $4.75M for expansion of Smoot Library;
    $2.1M for construction of infrastructure for expansion of the King George Industrial Park;
    $1.75M for construction of Purkins Corner-to-Hopyard force main and pump station project;
    $2.5M for expansion of the Hopyard wastewater treatment plant;
    $1.4M for upgrades to sewer pump stations in the Dahlgren area;
    $2.1M for construction of a water storage tank and water main replacement in the Fairview Beach area;
    $1.85M for construction of Oakland Park-to-Hopyard wastewater treatment plant force main and pump station project;
    $3M for construction of a new sports stadium at King George High School; and
    $900K for construction of a concession building, restrooms and field lighting at Sealston Sports Complex.
   o     CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS RE MEETING PROCEDURES    Supervisor Chairman Joe Grzeika addressed some comments regarding his take on the meeting procedures used for Board meetings.
   He said he was providing the information in an attempt to explain how the process works so residents would have a better understanding about the purposes and format of the county meetings of the Board of Supervisors.
   Grzeika stated, “It has become apparent to me that over time and based on individual interpretations we need to restate our purpose for our board meetings and to explain some of the nuances that frustrate folks.
   “We hold these regular board meetings to do the business of the county.  To ensure transparency and provide an ability for our citizens to witness first hand what we do and say they are public meetings open to all, however, the reason is for the board to do the business at hand.  They should not be confused with town hall type meetings or opportunity for citizen interaction with board.
   “Our Public Comment period is a time set aside for anyone to present comments to the board.  During this period we will not debate or enter into a dialogue with the speaker, we are in the receive mode and are listening to the issue/concern or idea presented.  We may or may not address or take action that night but you can trust the information was received and will be addressed in an appropriate manner.
   “Public Hearings are held to provide time for the citizens to address specific ordinances, changes, revision or zoning actions, they are a legal requirement and again are provided to allow anyone with a concern to voice their opinion, concern, objections or approvals.  The information from these sessions is used by the board to hear from the public and listen for items they may not have considered when making their decisions.  
“Public Hearings tend to bring opponents and supporter around a single issue to the podium.  This is important and required input.  But speaking for myself I am not swayed by the numbers in support or opposed since I know there is a much larger community and I have to deal which each issue form the overall county perspective and not just the interested vocal parties.”
   o     SOUTHERN HILLS ESTATES SUBDIVISION, SECTION I, FINAL PLAT     The Board of Supervisors approved a request by Robert Knight of Southern Hills Land, LLC for Southern Hills Estates Subdivision, Section I, Final Plat.  The approval action took place on January 22, with action by the Planning Commission to recommend approval earlier in the month.
Dahlgren Supervisor James Mullen disqualified himself from voting on the matter due to a business conflict of interest.
   The preliminary plat for the proposed subdivision had been approved in February 2008.  The property is located off Dogwood Lane (Route 603) and is identified as Tax Map 12, Parcels 112 and 116.  Section I contains 19 lots on 64.498 acres.  The subdivision is being platted as a traditional subdivision and will accommodate single/duplex residences on two-acre lots, which is the minimum lot size under the existing Rural Agricultural (A-2) zoning. The completed subdivision is planned to contain a total of 47 lots.  The subdivision is proposed to be served by private water and sewer provide through wells and septic systems.

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