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Joint meeting of boards starts budget season

The King George Board of Supervisors has fleshed out a portion of its budget process by setting some initial work session meetings, along with some other special meetings for additional county matters.

This year, the timeline for the budget process is shaping up to be very different from the traditional budget timeline for the board, as distributed by Travis Quesenberry last November. Quesenberry is the county administrator.

The action to set several special meetings took place earlier this month at a meeting on Jan. 15.

NEW BUDGET PROCESS
Supervisors don’t usually start their part of the budget process until March.

They have traditionally gotten involved in the process following Quesenberry’s development of his proposed budget recommendation, after working behind the scenes with county department heads and constitutional officers.

But this year is different.

The Board of Supervisor’s first budget work session meeting kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Revercomb administration building, located behind the county courthouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy).

In fact, that first budget meeting is a real departure from the usual budget process, because it begins with a joint meeting with the School Board to review Superintendent Rob Benson’s preliminary budget request.
That’s never happened before.

Usually a joint meeting on the school division budget request takes place in March, after the School Board has had several meetings to massage the preliminary request from the superintendent, held a public hearing, and officially adopted a budget request, as it must do by law.

All that will still happen, but after that joint meeting with Supervisors in early February.

Changing the process is not a bad thing, and in fact could serve to provide a useful new framework for county budgeting.

It makes sense, since the School Board budget takes up more than 60 percent of the county’s overall budget.

Also, a majority of the current members of the School Board appear to respect guidance coming from Supervisors and appreciate having a working relationship with the county board.

The School Board’s traditional public sniping at Supervisors has ceased in the last year, with the departure of the former long-time superintendent, Candace Brown, and with the November 2011 election which replaced several of its members who took an active part in that practice.

MEETING DATES
The following is a list of the upcoming meeting dates through February that includes both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board. The listed dates include both regular and special meetings.
~ Wednesday, Jan. 30: 5 p.m. - School Board discipline hearing, School Board office.
Also – 5:30 p.m. – Service Authority special meeting to review proposed changes to the authority’s regulations, Revercomb building. The members of the Service Authority are the same as the members of the Board of Supervisors.
Also – 6 p.m. – School Board budget work session, School Board office.
~ Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Board of Supervisors regular meeting, Revercomb building.  
~ Wednesday, Feb. 6: 5:30 p.m. – Board of Supervisors and School Board joint meeting on the division budget, Revercomb building.
~ Monday, Feb. 11:  4 p.m. – School Board budget work session, Revercomb building.
Also - 6 p.m. – School Board regular meeting, Revercomb building.
~ Tuesday, Feb. 12: 5:30 p.m. – Board of Supervisors work session to review a draft update to the county Comprehensive Plan, with members of the Planning Commission invited to attend.
~ Monday, Feb. 18 (federal holiday & no school): 6 p.m. – School Board public hearing on the proposed budget request, School Board office.
~ Monday, Feb. 25: 4 p.m. - School Board budget work session, Revercomb building.
Also – 6 p.m. – School Board regular meeting, Revercomb building.
~ Tuesday, Feb. 26 – 5:30 p.m. – Board of Supervisors budget work session, Revercomb building.

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