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New voter ID law now in effect

As of July 1, Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification...

Case moves forward in KG double shooting and murder

A joint preliminary hearing in King George Circuit Court last week resulted in charges of murder, at...

S&P upgrades King George’s financial ratings to ‘AA+’

The King George Board of Supervisors got good news last week from Travis Quesenberry, county adminis...

County Landfill gets VEEP Award

County Landfill gets VEEP Award

At a small ceremony Monday, June 23, Thomas Cue of Waste Management and his managerial staff receive...

Some School meal prices set to rise

The King George School Board approved a few small increases earlier this month for some meals and as...

School Board adjusts budget to retain 2-percent raises across the board

This week the King George School Board made adjustments to its 2014-15 budget to go forward with 2-p...

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Supervisors revise school budget to match $1.2M gap

The King George School Board this week reviewed figures that Superintendent Candace Brown provided to make cuts in the current year’s budget due to lower enrollment.
Brown had likewise provided the county with the amount for cuts and last week they were incorporated into county budget cuts that total $1,203,548 in the current year’s 2009-10 school division budget.  
These cuts are due to lower state revenue to match lower student enrollment. In December, the state revised its estimated average daily membership for King George from 4,095 students to 4,039.  
That’s because the higher number of students did not materialize.
Under that scenario, the county was also provided the ability to cut its funding to match the lower enrollment figure.

Read more: Supervisors revise school budget to match $1.2M gap

2009-2010 budget amendment to reflect lower state revenues

The King George Board of Supervisors directed Deputy County Administrator/Finance Director Donita Harper to bring back a proposal to amend the current year’s 2009-10 budget based largely on lower revenue projections from the state. The move was prompted by former Gov. Tim Kaine’s proposal to amend the state budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, known as his “caboose bill.”
The budget amendment is expected to be presented and reviewed at the next board meeting scheduled for Feb. 16.
Figures for that current-year budget amendment were reviewed at last Tuesday’s meeting with a presentation from Harper. Supervisors had also reviewed the figures at a special meeting the previous week on Jan. 26.
The constitutional offices are facing cuts in the current fiscal year based on lower revenues from the state Board of Compensation.
“I got with all the constitutional officers and they are all able to live within these adjustments in the amended budget,” Harper informed the board.
Harper said with the proposed cuts she is projecting the county to be in the black by $631,102 at the end of the fiscal year. But that could change.

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The school division is facing cuts for the current fiscal year based strictly on lower enrollment.  
Superintendent Candace Brown informed the School Board on Jan. 20 that the division has a current-year deficit of $1.2 million.  
Though they met again on Jan. 25, none of the School Board members, as yet, has publicly asked Brown where those cuts will be made.
Since those two meetings, there has been no public opportunity to question Brown on her proposed cuts, since two meetings have been canceled, including last week on Feb. 1, as well as the scheduled public hearing and meeting this week on Monday, Feb. 8.  
The next chance the School Board has to discuss Brown’s current budget and next year’s budget proposal is at a meeting currently scheduled for next week on Feb. 17.

BROWN TO MAKE CUTS
Regarding school funding for the current year, Harper told supervisors: “I have spoken with Dr. Brown, I worked with her, and the proposed amendments on her budget reduces it by $1.2 million – that’s the governor’s proposed budget.  And she has also reduced her expenditures by $1.2 million.”
About Brown, Harper said, “She said that she knew the cut was coming because she knew that the ADM (average daily membership) was going to be adjusted. So, she said she is able to work within this.”
Harper told The Journal this week that she was told by Brown to plug in numbers for the various school categories that would provide a bottom line with cuts totaling $1.2 million.  
Harper added that she expected to have Brown’s own categorical figures by next Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

Read more: 2009-2010 budget amendment to reflect lower state revenues

Supervisors updated on proposed state budget amendments

The King George Board of Supervisors, like those in most localities across the state, faces difficult decisions that are expected to include large budget cuts throughout county and school budgets for the next two fiscal years.
No decisions have yet been made.
But this could be the first budget where county positions may be eliminated.
At the beginning of last year’s tough budget process, supervisors provided guidance that included no salary increases but also included no layoffs.
This coming year could be different.  

Read more: Supervisors updated on proposed state budget amendments

Belle Grove rezoning, mining hearing postponed

 King George has postponed a public hearing on three requests, including a rezoning, to enable the mining of sand and gravel on hundreds of acres at Belle Grove Plantation property, the site of President James Madison’s birthplace.
The hearing was postponed due to incomplete information in the county’s requested legal advertisement.
The public hearing, which was originally scheduled for next week on Jan. 19, is now slated to take place on Feb. 2, beginning at 7 p.m.

Read more: Belle Grove rezoning, mining hearing postponed

Sisson elected chairman of Board of Supervisors

Brooks elected as vice chairman, 2010 meetings scheduled

Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter

Dale Sisson was elected by his colleagues to preside as chairman of the King George County Board of Supervisors for 2010, with Cedell Brooks Jr. elected as vice chairman.  
The two were also elected to the same offices for the King George County Service Authority and the King George Wireless Authority. They last served in these respective offices in 2007.
The officer elections took place last Tuesday. The meeting on Jan. 5 was the first of the year, and the election of officers and approval of meeting dates for the calendar year were the first orders of business.
Sisson holds the one at-large seat, representing voters throughout the county.  He was first elected in 2003 and is currently in his second four-year term.

Read more: Sisson elected chairman of Board of Supervisors

Governor’s proposed 2010-11 budget is full of fiscal pain

Governor Timothy M. Kaine’s proposed biennial budget was unveiled on Dec. 18 for consideration by the 2010 General Assembly, along with a new governor.
It reflects Kaine's fourth round of cuts since 2007, when falling tax revenues became evident due to a tanking economy.
Kaine said he developed the budget during “the toughest national economic conditions since the 1930s.”
Though the condition of the economy can’t be argued against, state legislators have nonetheless found fault with Kaine’s spending cuts and cost-saving measures.

Read more: Governor’s proposed 2010-11 budget is full of fiscal pain

Supervisors’ goals, mission being put into a written strategic plan

The King George Board of Supervisors agreed at a special meeting in early October with suggestions from staff to let it develop a draft strategic plan to codify the board’s vision, mission and strategic goals for the county.  
This exercise is not intended to change the county’s direction.  
It is instead intended to put down onto paper the goals that continue to be the guiding principles the board has been following. 
. . .   press here to see a pdf of the document  . . .

Read more: Supervisors’ goals, mission being put into a written strategic plan

Supervisors put off decision on School Board fund request

The King George Board of Supervisors postponed a decision on a request by the School Board which asked for $470,499.
The request relayed by Superintendent Candace Brown was considered at last Thursday’s meeting on Nov. 5, but put off by supervisors until they can get a complete report on Nov. 17 from the county finance department on the request.
Supervisors also want to know what the School Board would do with the money.
The School Board actually ended up with a surplus of $1,192,001 in unspent funds at the end of fiscal year 2008-2009, which ended June 30.
The School Board had voted to ask for $470,499 at a meeting on Oct. 14.

Read more: Supervisors put off decision on School Board fund request

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