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LoBuglio vows to delay vote on land giveaway to Project FAITH

Commendable project, but financials and fiscal impact on county needed

At an informal meeting of 20 residents this week on Monday, April 30, King George Supervisor John LoBuglio vowed he would seek to delay a vote scheduled for the county to give away 5.53 acres of land fronting on Route 3 (Kings Hwy.).

The land is located in the county’s new Government Center east of Route 205 (Ridge Road) and across from the Sheriff’s office building under construction. That vote is scheduled for this week on Tuesday, May 1 (following our press time).

LoBuglio had said on April 17 he was in favor of the land giveaway. That was following a public hearing

Read more: LoBuglio vows to delay vote on land giveaway to Project FAITH

LoBuglio changes position on tax increase

Brabo accuses LoBuglio of listening to small group on tax increase

The King George Board of Supervisors budget work session Tuesday evening, April 24, was cut short because of a change in support for the budget as presented by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry over the past several months.  
Chairman Cedell Brooks reported there were not three votes for the advertised  four cent tax increase coming to the table tonight.
John LoBuglio said he would not vote for the four-cent tax increase because he felt the budget as presented on paper did not adequately show exactly what line items were increased and by how much.  He had voted to advertise the four cent increase, so constituents could comment on the proposed increase, either for or against it.
Supervisor Ruby Brabo was incensed that LoBuglio would come to the meeting with a changed mind.  She accused him of listening to a very small representation of his district, six to be exact.
She said she believed the four cent increase is necessary to insure adequate funding for Fire & Rescue services, and the Sheriff’s department.  Brabo and Brooks are in favor of the four cent increase.  Supervisor Dale Sisson is in favor of the three cent increase as presented in the proposed budget.  Supervisor Joe Grzeika opposes a tax increase at this time, and has been since day one of the budget talks.
Brooks stated if there was not going to be a vote for an increase, or a vote on the budget, then there was no point in the representatives from EMS, Fire & Sheriff’s department speaking on behalf of getting additional funding.
As there was not going to be a vote,  the Board agreed to meet again on Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m., and the meeting was adjourned.

- Lori Deem

King George Service Authority looking to revise rate structure

The King George Service Authority Board of Directors met last week on April 18 for a work session to review suggestions for revising the rate structure for water and sewer customers.

Another special meeting is scheduled this week (following our press time) on April 24, to talk some more on the same issue, with the need looming for decisions to be made.

The King George Service Authority board is composed of the members of the Board of Supervisors, with Cedell Brooks the chairman, along with Dale Sisson, Joe Grzeika, John LoBuglio and Ruby Brabo.  Chris Thomas is the PSA General Manager, Travis Quesenberry is the County Administrator, and Donita Harper is

Read more: King George Service Authority looking to revise rate structure

HELP center project scheduled for vote to get free property

Board of Supervisors Chairman Cedell Brooks appeared determined to vote last week to give county property to Project FAITH to construct and operate a proposed project for a HELP Center. Instead, Brooks got concurrence from two board members to have the decision on the agenda for the next regular meeting on May 1.

Regardless of when a vote takes place, it appears clear that the three are in favor of providing the land. In addition to Brooks, Ruby Brabo said she was “very impressed” with Project FAITH and John LoBuglio said he was “firmly behind

Read more: HELP center project scheduled for vote to get free property

More budget talks; joint meeting with School Board set

After the King George public has its say this week on Tuesday (following our press time) at the public hearings on the 2012-13 budget and a proposed 4-cent tax real estate increase, Supervisors will do more talking about it at tonight’s meetings on Wednesday, April 18.

Elected officials will meet in three sessions one after the other on Wednesday evening, the day following the public hearings, to get down to some more details, including a joint session with the School Board to talk about its budget for next year.

The current state funding plan calls for a significant increase for school divisions, if the General Assembly follows through on conferee agreements. That action could provide a recalculation for local funding.

Read more: More budget talks; joint meeting with School Board set

Proposed budget to get hearing next week

The King George Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings next week on April 17 to take comment on a proposed 2012-13 budget that totals $62,419,950.

The board also wants to hear what people have to say about a possible real estate tax increase of up to four-cents per $100 valuation that was advertised on a split vote of 3-2.

Ruby Brabo lead the charge on that potential hike, with Cedell Brooks and John LoBuglio agreeing.  Joe Grzeika and Dale Sisson voted against the possibility of an increase that high.  (See related article elsewhere in this issue.)

At last week’s meeting on April 3, county administrator Travis Quesenberry proposed his recommended budget that had been massaged by Supervisors at several meetings since the

Read more: Proposed budget to get hearing next week

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

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