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Utility rate increase effective immediately

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Brabo urges Board to advertise potential 4-cent real estate tax increase

Budget public hearing on April 17

The King George Board of Supervisors voted last week on April 3 to advertise a real estate tax increase of up to 4-cents per $100 valuation on a split vote, 3-2. Supervisors Joe Grzeika and Dale Sisson voted against the possibility of an increase that high.

A hearing on the proposed 4-cent tax increase, or comments on any tax increase, will be heard on Tuesday, April 17, along with comments on the proposed 2012-13 budget. (See related article elsewhere in this issue.)

County administrator Travis Quesenberry proposed a budget that, if adopted, would need a maximum tax increase of 3-cents.

Grzeika said he could not support any tax increase. “I still have a problem with continuing to fund the stimulus dollars. I just don’t think that’s our responsibility. And I’d like to see that removed. That’s why I can’t support the rate increase.”

Grzeika has previously elaborated on that issue, along with Sisson. The federal stimulus money was short-term money that was supposed to be spent on non-recurring expenditures by the School Board. Now the School Board wants the county to make up the difference with local money, with over $817,000 of the School Board’s requested increase was earmarked for long-time positions for nurses and guidance counselor salaries that

Read more: Brabo urges Board to advertise potential 4-cent real estate tax increase

More VDOT issues with unpaved roads

More VDOT issues with unpaved roads

Last week’s approval to go forward with paving Route 682 (Eagles Nest Lane) in King George on a split vote did not put an end to prioritizing the rest of the numerous road upgrade decisions still confronting the Board of Supervisors.

The vote at a special meeting on March 26 only put to bed the latest contentious road issue in the county, but there are others bubbling to the surface. Supervisors have received lists of unpaved roads in the county. They also received a list of roads that are federal-eligible, meaning federal funding can be used for improvements under certain conditions.

In addition, Supervisors learned some new information regarding Virginia Department of

Read more: More VDOT issues with unpaved roads

Board may advertise 3-cent real estate tax increase

Budget public hearing to be set for April 17

The King George Board of Supervisors this week will review revised preliminary budget figures for the upcoming 2012-13 fiscal year that begins on July 1.

On Tuesday, April 3, (following our press time) Supervisors are expected to vote to advertise a 3-cent increase on the real estate tax rate. The public hearing is expected to take place on April 17.

Whatever amount is advertised would be the highest hike that could actually be adopted at a later meeting. Anything lower than that, along with no increase, could also subsequently be adopted.

The current real estate/mobile home tax rate is 50-cents per $100 valuation. It is

Read more: Board may advertise 3-cent real estate tax increase

Trail advocates ask county to support state purchase of DHRT trail as a park

Deed contains restrictions that make it unlikely for state acceptance

David Jones is one of several proponents petitioning King George to support the purchase of the Dahlgren Heritage Railroad Trail (DHRT) by the state to make it into a state park.

Jones is the president of the Friends of the DHRT. He was among seven speakers in favor of the idea at last week’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors on March 20.

The others were Ed Veazey, Warren Veazey, Sylvia Hudson, Gary Golden, James Lynch and Paula Van

Read more: Trail advocates ask county to support state purchase of DHRT trail as a park

Wireless Authority suit against Va. Broadband on hold

The King George Wireless Authority board of directors is expected to hear the latest on the status of a legal complaint for breach of contract filed against Virginia Broadband filed last December 29, 2011.

The update is expected to take place during a closed session for the authority board to hear from legal counsel and discuss negotiating and litigating posture during a meeting on March 20 (following our press time).

The latest legal request took place on March 8 with Virginia Broadband cancelling a pre-trial hearing that had been scheduled for the following day on March 9 in the King George Circuit Court. 

The hearing was removed from the docket, with Virginia Broadband saying, “The parties in this matter are

Read more: Wireless Authority suit against Va. Broadband on hold

FRED bus service to end in July

Fredericksburg is discontinuing bus service in King George this summer. The King George Board of Supervisors were informed last July that Fredericksburg would eliminate FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) service in the county George beginning July 1 because they said county funding cutbacks from two routes to one last July 2011 made it no longer viable for the city to operate beyond the end of this coming June.

At that time, Supervisors Dale Sisson and Cedell Brooks had recently finished working with FRED officials to eliminate one route and redesign the remaining route, still at a hefty annual cost to the county.

Supervisors cut the county’s outlay for FRED in each of the last two budget cycles resulting in service reductions. Following a public hearing in mid-April 2011, the board voted to eliminate one of the two routes operating in King George and redesign the remaining route. That cut the county’s contribution to FRED from last fiscal year’s

Read more: FRED bus service to end in July

Joint meeting nets 2-percent raises for school employees

The King George School Board’s primary goal last week was to ask for and receive a promise for additional funding from the county to enable it to grant its employees 2-percent raises retroactive to January.

They got it.

But it’s not a blank check and at the meeting on Jan. 31, the Board of Supervisors made it clear that the amount of additional funding to be appropriated cannot exceed $150,000, which would also provide a small cushion to cover the School Board’s current projected shortfall of about $137,000 for 2011-12, which includes the mid-year pay increase.

The joint meeting was requested by Supervisors to discuss the School Board’s budget problems

Read more: Joint meeting nets 2-percent raises for school employees

County employees get 2 percent pay raises

The King George Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Jan. 3 to implement 2 percent raises effective with the first pay period this month. The last time county employees received a pay hike was four years ago, in January 2008.  
That’s because raises that had been budgeted for 2008-09 to go into effect in January 2009 were cancelled in December 2008 in the face of budget deficits being experienced due to the beginnings of the sliding economy.
Like most other localities across the state at that time, King George had made cuts and postponed expenditures due

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