- Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 05:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 29 April 2010 02:35
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:09
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:06
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:00
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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.