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Packed agenda for special meeting

The King George Board of Supervisors has a packed agenda for a special meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, expected to begin with a joint meeting with the Economic Development Authority (EDA) at 6 p.m. at the Firehouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy).
The June 8 session will also include review of a proposed 5-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for 2010-14.
And supervisors are also expected to review and comment on a request for $1.5 million by Project FAITH for its proposed HELP Center.
In addition, the Service Authority Board will convene to review its proposed CIP.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM   
The county’s 5-year CIP must be updated annually, often with projects that are parked in the fifth year and shifted further ahead to wait until funding is available in future years.
Numerous projects are competing for limited funding in the upcoming 2010-11 fiscal year, beginning July 1. 
SMOOT LIBRARY: One such project is an addition to the Smoot Library, for which the design has already been completed.
This project has been working its way through the CIP program for several years.
The cost to more than double the size of the existing building is estimated at $4,075,000.
SCHOOL BOARD REQUESTS: The current proposed CIP also contains several projects from the School Board, including renovations to Potomac Elementary School, a new sports stadium and replacing the well and HVAC at the closed former middle school building, among others.
The county administration has assessment studies being performed by consultants on some of those projects.
HUNTER FIELD: There is expected to be more information on recommendations for potential upgrades for Hunter Field.
Though no formal request has come from the School Board to correct the current problems with Hunter Field, it is clearly expecting the county to come up with a plan and funding to fix it.

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LoBuglio brags about “coordinating a coup” to increase school budget

Provides an implausible explanation for his email about “working behind the scenes”


King George Supervisor John LoBuglio embarrassed himself again at last week’s meeting when volunteering a far-fetched new excuse for his “behind the scenes” activity he wrote about in an April 19 e-mail for which he caught flak from fellow supervisors at a meeting on April 28.
Now he is saying it took place last January.  
Also, more of his e-mails reveal his bragging to take credit for increasing School Board funding, while using two of his colleagues as props and calling his behind-the-scenes efforts “coordinating a coup.”
Last week The Journal requested LoBuglio’s e-mail traffic for most of April and received it from County Attorney Matt Britton.  

Read more: LoBuglio brags about “coordinating a coup” to increase school budget

Water, sewer hike proposed for July 1

The King George Service Authority Board last month authorized a public hearing for a meeting on June 15 to hear from customers on proposed water and sewer rate and fee increases.
Residential bills for customers with both water and sewer who use up to 5,000 gallons per two-month billing period would go up $8.15. The minimum bi-monthly bill for water and sewer is currently $86.87.  It is proposed to go up to $95.01.
The proposed increase would be about $4.08 per month for customers with a minimum usage of 5,000 gallons per two-month billing period.  That minimum of 5,000 gallons is not planned to be changed.  

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Supervisor’s backroom dealings overshadow budget vote

The King George supervisors may have been divided on the issue of the county’s budget but they were unanimous about one thing - their unhappiness with emailed comments made by James Monroe supervisor John LoBuglio.

By a 3 to 2 vote the Board approved a budget of $62,053,003, including $34 million for schools. Supervisors Grzeika and Sisson voted against the budget.Supervisor Grzeika voiced his concern that the decision to take funds from the county’s fund balance would require a tax hike of between 10 and 13 cents next year just to stay even with this year’s funding unless the reserves were raided again.

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BOS majority: Spend reserves to increase School Board budget

The stage has been set for this week’s King George public hearing on the budget (following our press time on Tuesday).
At last week’s budget meeting of the Board of Supervisors on April 14, a new majority of three board members emerged. That new majority appears to have been prompted in part by pressure from members of the School Board.  
Cedell Brooks Jr., John LoBuglio and James Mullen said they had each received the same chart e-mailed to them.  Brooks said his was from School Board member Dennis Paulsen, along with a follow-up phone call from Paulsen.

Read more: BOS majority: Spend reserves to increase School Board budget

Joint meeting provides very few answers

The King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board touched on only a few of the 20 questions forwarded in advance from both boards to which answers were sought at last week’s joint meeting.
All members of the Board of Supervisors were present on April 6, including Chairman Dale Sisson and Supervisors Cedell Brooks Jr., Joe Grzeika, John LoBuglio and James Mullen.  
Four of the School Board members came to the joint session, including Chairman Lynn Pardee and members Renee Parker, Dennis Paulsen and Mike Rose.  
Member Rick Randall missed the joint meeting, which lasted from 4–5:35 p.m., instead showing up after it was over and telling The Journal he thought it was at 6 p.m.
The main idea on which both boards agreed is they need more and better communication.
After wrangling over some budget issues, the two boards agreed to Sisson’s suggestion that they meet together once a quarter.
“I think we can all agree that we need to work harder at working together,” Parker noted.

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Brooks proposes increase to 53¢ in real estate tax

The King George Board of Supervisors last week, on April 6, voted to advertise a possible tax increase for real estate and mobile homes from the current 45 cents to 53 cents per $100 valuation. No other tax rates are proposed to be changed.
Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. pushed supervisors to authorize advertisement of 53 cents instead of the equalized rate of 50 cents, as recommended by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry.
Due to new real estate assessments that went into effect Jan. 1, the total assessed value of property in the county was reduced by 6 percent from the previous year.
In order to offset that decrease, a real estate tax rate of 50 cents would be necessary to levy the same amount of real estate tax as last year.  

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